Se-tenant Blocks of 4 (500,000)
Se-tenant Blocks of 4 (375,000)
24p Cethosia biblis barangingi
24p Menalaides polytes
24p Appian Hero palawanica
24p Udara tyotaroi
Se-tenant Blocks of 4 (437,500)
26p Parantica noeli
26p Chilasa osmana osmana
26p Graphlum sandawanum joreli
26p Papilio xuthus benguetanus
Ngo Tiong Tak
butterflies from the collection of Justin "Tiny" Nuyda
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BUTTERFLIES OF THE PHILIPPINES
20p Idea electra electra (Semper, 1878). A unique
species confined to Mindanao. Popularly known as the "Dragonfly
Idea" due to the appearance of the males' elongated forewings and
extra long abdomen.
20p Charaxes bajula adoracion
(Schroeder & Treadaway, 1982). Uncommon nymphalid species
found in Northern and Central Luzon. The butterfly was named after
writer Adoracion Gaskell Nuyda for her contributions on
20p Tanaecia calliphorus
calliphorus (Felder, 1864). Inhabits forested undergrowth
areas and can be found in Luzon, Marinduque and Polilio Island.
Can easily be recognized by
the iridescent blue band on
20p Trogonoptera (Honrath, 1886).
This butterfly is an endemic species in Palawan, where it replaces
Trogonoptera brookiana in the rest of Sundaland. Trogonoptera
trojana is considered one of the most beautiful oriental
24p Cethosia biblis barangingi (Tsukaf, 1985).
Philippines: Bongao, Sibutu, Tawi-Tawi and Jolo. The intense bright
red-orange color of the wings in flight makes this species one of
the most attractive butterflies.
polytes ledebouria (Escsholtz, 1821).
Common once upon a time but
now uncommon perhaps due to progress. The butterfly can be seen all
year round and is distributed throughout the archipelago. Can be
found around human habitations and also thrives in secondary
24p Appian Hero palawanica (Staudinger,
1889). A popular orange pierid butterfly distributed in the
Chinese peninsula to Sundaland and the Philippines.
Subspecies A. n. palawanica
can be found in Palawan. The female has three forms:
orange, yellow and white
distal band on its wings.
24p Udara tyotaroi (Eliot
& Kawazoe, 1983). Found only in the high altitude areas of
Mt. Apo, Southern Mindanao. This
tiny butterfly belongs to the Lycaenidae family, commonly known as
hairstreaks, pearls or blues, due to the metallic
light to dark blue color
26p Parantica noeli.
One of the most significant
finds of the decade, this new species is one of the most striking
26p Chilasa osmana osmana.
An extremely rare swallowtail
from Southern Leyte and North-eastern Mindanao in the Southern
Philippines. A relatively
large tailless butterfly belonging to the veiouis species group.
26p Graphlum sandawanum joreli. The Apo Swallowtail
(Graphium sandawanum) is a species of butterfly in the Papilionidae
family. It is endemic to the Philippines. This butterfly can be
found at high altitude on Mt. Kitanlad in Bukidnon.
26p Papilio xuthus benguetanus. A butterfly
which may be locally common, but has a very restricted distribution
within the Cordillera Central of Northern Luzon. A lovely
butterfly with short tails and a forewing length of 44-48 mm. The
sexes are similar in appearance, with the female slightly larger.