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Papilio bianor     Cramer, [1777]

July 31 - August 1, 1999 - Tokyo - Tokyo - Japan      © Frédéric Vivien

Papilio bianor
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The identification of the butterfly photographed here may seem to be a joke. As it was the only photo I took of a butterfly in Japan I did my best to put a name on it. I took a list of the few Papilionidae living in Japan and I checked all species one by one. I believe this photograph is of a Papilio bianor because of the few blue scales, of the red spots, and because most of the hindwings are black.

Rhopalocera

Papilionidae
Pieridae
Lycaenidae
Riodinidae
Nymphalidae
Hesperiidae

Heterocera

Cossidae
Drepanidae
Geometridae
Brahmaeidae
Sphingidae
Noctuidae
Arctiidae
Heterocera sp.