Common Mormon - Papilio polytes romulus, Cramer
Common Mormon - Papilio polytes romulus, Cramer at National Zoological Gardens Dehiwala.
Common Mormon is a large butterfly with a wingspan of 80 - 115 mm. The male is black and has small creamy white markings on the outer margins of both wings. On both sides of the hind wing, there is a central band of creamy white spots.
This is an interesting polymorphic species. The male has only one colour form but the female has three, two of which are mimics. The typical female form, cyrus, resembles the male. It is larger than the male and paler in color. The form stichius mimics the unpalatable Common Rose. The third form, romulus, mimics the unpalatable Crimson Rose. The 2 mimics are quite variable and frequently display aberrations including gynadromorphs (part male, part female).
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