Clipper

Ray Cannon's nature notes

Clipper (Parthenos sylvia apicalis) upperside showing Clipper (Parthenos sylvia apicalis) upperside showing

The Clipper (Parthenos sylvia), is a common butterfly of forested areas in South and South-East Asia.  The species occurs over a huge area: from India and Sri Lanka in the west; through Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia; onto the islands of Borneo, Sumatra, the Philippines, Sulawesi, Java and Bali; and as far east as Papua New Guinea. There are however, at least 35 different subspecies distributed across this wide swath of territory (1).   There are two subspecies found in Thailand; the pictures shown here were taken in the north, in Doi Chiang Dao, Chiang Mai province, and show Parthenos sylvia subspecies apicalis, which is bigger and bluer than the other subspecies, Parthenos sylvia subsp. lilacinus, found in the south.

Clipper (Parthenos sylvia apicalis) feeding on flowers with stylet showing Clipper (Parthenos sylvia apicalis) feeding on flowers with stylet showing

All of the different subspecies have similar patterns, with prominent (hyaline…

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