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Bhutanitis lidderdalii Atkinson, 1873

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Bhutanitis lidderdalii Atkinson, 1873: 571, pl. 50
Type locality: Bhutan, Himalayas, Buxa, 5000 feet
Type: Holotype , in coll. BMNH, London

Bhutan Glory


Plate L from original description      
Picture from: Atkinson 1873
Detailed view

Description of adults: (Bingham 1907): Wingspan: 115 - 124 mm. "Upperside dull black. Fore wing with the following ochraceous-white slender markings: basal, subbasal, medial, and preapical lines from costa across cell, the first three continued in a series of more or less diffuse curves to the dorsal margin, the preapical terminates on vein 3; beyond apex of cell a somewhat broken transverse line from costa to vein 3 followed by a complete discal transverse line, a short upper postdiscal somewhat ill-defined line that terminates on vein 4 and a subterminal complete line; all the lines except those that cross the cell formed of a series of short curved lines in the interspaces. Hind wing with similar ochraceous-white lines more or less in continuation of those on the fore wing with the addition of a broad line along vein 1 and the median vein, these two lines do not reach much beyond the base of vein 4; a large lower discal patch, the inward half scarlet, the outer half velvety-black, followed by broad subterminal bright yellow lunules in interspaces 1 to 4; the tails edged very narrowly with ochraceous white; the black on the outer half of the discal patch has in interspaces 1 and 2 very large ill-defined superposed white spots thickly shaded with brownish grey except along their inner margins. Underside similar, all the markings broader, base of cell in hind wing crossed by a short ochraceous-white bar, and the edges of the precostal cell with narrow lines of the same colour. Antennae black; head, thorax, and abdomen dull black; the thorax greenish grey laterally, the sides of the abdomen with cross-lines of ochreous white."


Worth knowing:


Atkinson, W. S. 1873. Description of a new Genus and Species of Papilionidae from the South-eastern Himalayas. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London: 570-572.
Bingham, C. T. 1907. Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Butterflies - Vol. II. Taylor & Francis, London, 480 pp., 20 pl.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2011.05.24
not reviewed