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Insects - Photo (c) antonyrw, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), uploaded by antonyw
mitch_squires's ID: Insects (Class Insecta)
Posted by mitch_squires 6 months ago (Flag)
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Plain Lacewing - Photo (c) Arthur Chapman, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
nyoni-pete's ID: Plain Lacewing (Cethosia penthesilea)
Posted by nyoni-pete 6 months ago (Flag)
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Plain Lacewing - Photo (c) Arthur Chapman, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
adammyates's ID: Plain Lacewing (Cethosia penthesilea)
Posted by adammyates 6 months ago (Flag)
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it certainly does appear to be this species. I did not entertain the ID as according to Braby 2016. the species is "restricted to the Top End". This would represent a substantial range extension.

I would be interested to know whether it was wild or in a butterfly house (taking into account the other spectacular Leps shot at the same location at the same time).

Posted by vicfazio3 6 months ago (Flag)
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Indeed, C. penthesilea is a top end butterfly, a fact I didn't know when I hit agree.
Maybe this is Cethosia cydippe chrysippe:

http://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:2741bc20-4705-48ea-a46c-60e2b78eabac#overview

which does occur on the Nth Qld coast.

Posted by adammyates 6 months ago (Flag)
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I was working from Braby's 2004 Field Guide to the Butterflies of Australia, and the image here is virtually identical to the image for C. penthesilea, male, in Braby and not very close to C. cydippe given in Braby.

But I also agree with @adammyates that the images in ala for C. cydippe are very like @mitch_squires' images - but not like the images for C. cydippe give in Braby. ??

I've just checked in Braby 2000 "Butterflies of Australia" and it has the same images for the two species as shown in the 2004 field guide. In it Braby writes under "Similar Species", : "C. penthesilea resembles C. cydippe in wing shape and pattern but the ground colour is orange or orange-brown rather than brilliant red". The image here is surely orange rather than red?

Posted by nyoni-pete 6 months ago (Flag)
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Insects - Photo (c) antonyrw, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), uploaded by antonyw
mitch_squires's ID: Insects (Class Insecta)
Plain Lacewing - Photo (c) Arthur Chapman, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
Community ID: Plain Lacewing (Cethosia penthesilea)
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