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Papilio (Achillides) krishna Moore, 1857

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Papilio krishna Moore, 1857: 108, pl. 2, fig. 6.

Habit:

   
P. krishna charlesi : China, Sichuan, Shimian, 1500-2000 m, 2008.05.10, coll. Michael Kurz P. krishna charlesi underside: China, Sichuan, Shimian, 1500-2000 m, 2008.05.10, coll. Michael Kurz    
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
   

Description of adults: (Bingham 1907): Wingspan 108 - 121 mm. ". "Resembles P. paris generally, but differs in many points as follows: Upperside: ground-colour more of a brownish black, irrorated similarly to paris with green scales, but the scales smaller and more sparsely spread. Fore wing: the postdiscal transverse band well-defined, complete, formed of white scaling with only a thin sprinkling of green scales on its inner margin, generally erect or slightly curved, rarely slightly sinuous. Hind wing: upper discal patch metallic greenish blue, smaller than in paris, but the portions of it in interspaces 6 and 7 more extended towards the termen, the metallic golden-green band that joins the patch on its inner side to the dorsal margin more conspicuous than in paris; the tornal ocellus as in paris, but above it a subterminal series of claret-red lunules in interspaces 2, 3, 4 and 5, followed by a series of ochraceous-red obscure terminal narrow lunules in the interspaces, the cilia on the outer margin of each conspicuously white. Underside: fore wing as in paris but an erect ochraceous-white postdiscal band as on the upperside limits; the series of internervular pale streaks on the outer half of the wing. Hind wing: a well-defined discal ochraceous-white band formed of a series of somewhat lunular marks in the interspaces, these increase in width anteriorly; a subterminal series of claret-red lunules traversed by violet scaling on the inner side as in paris, but much broader and more prominent; finally a terminal series of ochraceous-yellow lunular marks in the interspaces; the cilia that border each lunule white. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen as in P. paris." (Bingham 1907).

Distribution:

The species is restricted to China, India and Nepal (Häuser et al. 2005).

Worth knowing:

Sources:

Bingham, C. T. 1907. Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Butterflies - Vol. II. Taylor & Francis, London, 480 pp., 20 pl.
Häuser, C. L., J. Holstein & A. Steiner 2005. The Global Butterfly Information System. http://www.globis.insects-online.de. Last updated 14.04.2011 [online 18 March 2014].

Publication data:

history:
Kurz Michael: 2012.08.03
Kurz Michael: 2014.03.18
not reviewed

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