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Butterfly Collection

I had the pleasure of using my new Canon Macro 100mm lens to take photographs of butterfly collector Geoff Proctor's specimens. For all you butterfly and macro photography lovers out there - hope you enjoy!

Canon 5DM3
Canon Macro 100mm

With special thanks to Geoff Proctor of Real Wings & Things

Idea Leuconoe Clara -  Paper Kite Butterfly   Commonly known as the Paper Kite,  Idea leuconoe  are native to densely forested regions in South China, South Japan, Malaya, Java, Borneo, and the Philippines. These butterflies have weak, fluttery flight interspersed with gliding due to the high ratio of their wing-size to body-size.  Ref: http://eol.org/pages/137237/overview

Idea Leuconoe Clara - Paper Kite Butterfly
Commonly known as the Paper Kite, Idea leuconoe are native to densely forested regions in South China, South Japan, Malaya, Java, Borneo, and the Philippines. These butterflies have weak, fluttery flight interspersed with gliding due to the high ratio of their wing-size to body-size. 
Ref: http://eol.org/pages/137237/overview

Papilio maackii -  Alpine Black Swallowtail butterfly   Found in Asia, Japan, China and South Korea.

Papilio maackii - Alpine Black Swallowtail butterfly
Found in Asia, Japan, China and South Korea.

Trogonoptera brookiana  -   Rajah Brooke's birdwing   This is a male birdwing butterfly from the rainforests of the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Natuna.  The magnificent Rajah Brooke's Birdwing was discovered on Borneo in 1855 by the legendary explorer and naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace. It is widely distributed throughout Borneo, Sumatra, Palawan and the central states of West Malaysia, and in a few areas is very abundant, but populations are quite localised. It also occurs as a scarce species in Thailand.  Sadly the butterflies are killed in vast numbers, mainly by Orang Asli children, paid a pittance for the dead specimens by dealers who sell them on to gift shops. The majority are badly damaged because the children are unskilled with butterfly nets, and often use crude methods of killing - sometimes the butterflies are attracted to a sticky "bait" which glues their wings to the ground, or sometimes they are killed by throwing small stones at them.  Ref: http://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/Malaysia%20-%20Trogonoptera%20brookiana.htm   

Trogonoptera brookiana - Rajah Brooke's birdwing
This is a male birdwing butterfly from the rainforests of the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Natuna.

The magnificent Rajah Brooke's Birdwing was discovered on Borneo in 1855 by the legendary explorer and naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace. It is widely distributed throughout Borneo, Sumatra, Palawan and the central states of West Malaysia, and in a few areas is very abundant, but populations are quite localised. It also occurs as a scarce species in Thailand.

Sadly the butterflies are killed in vast numbers, mainly by Orang Asli children, paid a pittance for the dead specimens by dealers who sell them on to gift shops. The majority are badly damaged because the children are unskilled with butterfly nets, and often use crude methods of killing - sometimes the butterflies are attracted to a sticky "bait" which glues their wings to the ground, or sometimes they are killed by throwing small stones at them.

Ref: http://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/Malaysia%20-%20Trogonoptera%20brookiana.htm

 

Trogonoptera brookiana -    Rajah Brooke's birdwing   Female

Trogonoptera brookiana - Rajah Brooke's birdwing
Female

Ornothoptera   U  rvillianus  - Birdwing Butterfly  New Guinea

Ornothoptera Urvillianus - Birdwing Butterfly

New Guinea

Morpho polyphemus  -  W hite Morpho    A white  butterfly  of  Mexico  and  Central America , ranging as far south as  Costa Rica . As suggested by its name, this is one of the relatively few  morphos  that is white rather than blue. 

Morpho polyphemus - White Morpho 
A white butterfly of Mexico and Central America, ranging as far south as Costa Rica. As suggested by its name, this is one of the relatively few morphos that is white rather than blue. 

Morpho cisseis gahua  Dorsal (top) View

Morpho cisseis gahua
Dorsal (top) View

Morpho cisseis gahua     Ventral (underside) view

Morpho cisseis gahua
Ventral (underside) view

Papilio zalmoxis  -   G   i ant Blue Swallowtail    Dorsal (top) view    Found in Africa.

Papilio zalmoxis - Giant Blue Swallowtail
Dorsal (top) view 
Found in Africa.

Papilio zalmoxis  -   G   i ant Blue Swallowtail    Ventral (underside) view   

Papilio zalmoxis - Giant Blue Swallowtail
Ventral (underside) view 

Morpho Sulkowsyi  From: Cusco Peru Morpho first discovered in 1850. With a wingspan of 9.0 – 11.0 cm Morpho sulkowskyi is a big member of the family NYMPHALIDAE. The butterfly is predominantly white, but it has an iridescence blue on wings. This iridescence blue depends on the phenomenal microscopic structure of the scales.  Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morpho_sulkowskyi

Morpho Sulkowsyi
From: Cusco Peru
Morpho first discovered in 1850. With a wingspan of 9.0 – 11.0 cm Morpho sulkowskyi is a big member of the family NYMPHALIDAE. The butterfly is predominantly white, but it has an iridescence blue on wings. This iridescence blue depends on the phenomenal microscopic structure of the scales.

Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morpho_sulkowskyi

Ulysses Butterfly    It is found in most tropical areas like Northern Queensland, Northern islands of Australia and Papua New Guinea.   Ref: https://shoalhaven.net.au/~michelle/butterfly.html

Ulysses Butterfly

It is found in most tropical areas like Northern Queensland, Northern islands of Australia and Papua New Guinea. 

Ref: https://shoalhaven.net.au/~michelle/butterfly.html

Morpho Helenor -  Common Blue Morpho    As its common name implies, the blue morpho butterfly’s wings are bright blue, edged with black. The blue morpho is among the largest butterflies in the world, with wings spanning from five to eight inches. Their vivid, iridescent blue colouring is a result of the microscopic scales on the backs of their wings, which reflect light. The underside of the morpho’s wings, on the other hand, is a dull brown colour with many eyespots, providing camouflage against predators such as birds and insects when its wings are closed. When the blue Morpho flies, the contrasting bright blue and dull brown colours flash, making it look like the Morpho is appearing and disappearing.   Blue Morphos live in the tropical forests of Latin America from Mexico to Colombia. Adults spend most of their time on the forest floor and in the lower shrubs and trees of the understory with their wings folded.  Ref: http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/species/blue-butterfly

Morpho Helenor - Common Blue Morpho

As its common name implies, the blue morpho butterfly’s wings are bright blue, edged with black. The blue morpho is among the largest butterflies in the world, with wings spanning from five to eight inches. Their vivid, iridescent blue colouring is a result of the microscopic scales on the backs of their wings, which reflect light. The underside of the morpho’s wings, on the other hand, is a dull brown colour with many eyespots, providing camouflage against predators such as birds and insects when its wings are closed. When the blue Morpho flies, the contrasting bright blue and dull brown colours flash, making it look like the Morpho is appearing and disappearing. 

Blue Morphos live in the tropical forests of Latin America from Mexico to Colombia. Adults spend most of their time on the forest floor and in the lower shrubs and trees of the understory with their wings folded.

Ref: http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/species/blue-butterfly

Chrysiridia rhipheus   ( Madagascan sunset moth )   Dorsal (top) view     Is a day-flying  moth  and is considered one of the most impressive and appealing-looking moths in the world. It is famous and sort after by many collectors. Dru Drury, who described the moth in 1773, placed it in the genus  Papilio , considering it a butterfly. Jacob Hübner placed it in the moth genus  Chrysiridia  in 1823.   At first the moth was thought to be from China or Bengal, but was later found to be endemic to Madagascar.  Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysiridia_rhipheus

Chrysiridia rhipheus (Madagascan sunset moth)
Dorsal (top) view 

Is a day-flying moth and is considered one of the most impressive and appealing-looking moths in the world. It is famous and sort after by many collectors.
Dru Drury, who described the moth in 1773, placed it in the genus Papilio, considering it a butterfly. Jacob Hübner placed it in the moth genus Chrysiridia in 1823. 

At first the moth was thought to be from China or Bengal, but was later found to be endemic to Madagascar.

Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysiridia_rhipheus

Chrysiridia rhipheus   ( Madagascan sunset moth )   Ventral (underside) view      

Chrysiridia rhipheus (Madagascan sunset moth)
Ventral (underside) view 

 

Graphium Weiskei  - P    urple Spotted Swallowtail     Dorsal (top) view    Found only in the highlands of  New Guinea , is a butterfly of the  swallowtail  family. These swallowtails live in elevations of 4,500 to 8,000 feet (1,400 to 2,400 m).  Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphium_weiskei

Graphium Weiskei - Purple Spotted Swallowtail
Dorsal (top) view 
Found only in the highlands of New Guinea, is a butterfly of the swallowtail family. These swallowtails live in elevations of 4,500 to 8,000 feet (1,400 to 2,400 m).

Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphium_weiskei

Graphium Weiskei  - P    urple Spotted Swallowtail     Ventral (underside) view   

Graphium Weiskei - Purple Spotted Swallowtail
Ventral (underside) view 

Papilio Demoleus     A common and widespread swallowtail butterfly. The butterfly is also known as the common lime butterfly, lemon butterfly, lime swallowtail, small citrus butterfly, chequered swallowtail, dingy swallowtail and citrus swallowtail. These common names refer to their host plants, which are usually citrus species such as the cultivated lime. The butterfly is a pest   and invasive species from Asia and Australia which has spread to the Caribbean and Central America.  Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papilio_demoleus   

Papilio Demoleus 

A common and widespread swallowtail butterfly. The butterfly is also known as the common lime butterfly, lemon butterfly, lime swallowtail, small citrus butterfly, chequered swallowtail, dingy swallowtail and citrus swallowtail. These common names refer to their host plants, which are usually citrus species such as the cultivated lime. The butterfly is a pest and invasive species from Asia and Australia which has spread to the Caribbean and Central America.

Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papilio_demoleus

 

Malaysian Moon Moth  

Malaysian Moon Moth 

Nudaurelia Moth

Nudaurelia Moth

Graphium Antiphates -  Fivebar Swordtail    Found in South-east Asia .

Graphium Antiphates - Fivebar Swordtail

Found in South-east Asia.