Bhutanitis lidderdalii


 
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Thai Bhutan Glory
(Bhutanitis lidderdalii ocellatomaculata)

 
syn. -

 
distribution:

Thailand: Chiang Dao Hill / Chiang Mai Province

 
local name: -

 
size: 10 - 12 cm (wingspan)

extinction date: last seen in 1982 (?)

 
The thai subspecies of the Bhutan Glory was described only in the year 1979, it was a relict population, which was restricted to a tiny area in the north of Thailand.

The decline of this local form was caused not least because of excessively collecting by butterfly collectors. But on the other hand at least one single heavy forest fire, sparked off by humans or of natural origin (?), destroyed the habitat of this butterfly form in such an extensive way, that the survival of this subspecies was not possible any longer.

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Males and females in this species differ particularly by their sizes, not that much in appearance.

 
 
above:

Bhutan Glory (Bhutanitis lidderdalii lidderdalii), nominate race from Bhutan


Depiction from 'Proceedings of the general meetings for scientific business of the Zoological Society of London (Zoological Society of London) 1873'

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References:

- S. Igarashi: A New Papilionid Butterfly of the Genus Bhutanitis from Northern Thailand. Tyo to Ga 30(1/2): 69-72 (1979)