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Bhutanitis thaidiana (Blanchard, 1871)

Vazrick Nazari
Containing group: Bhutanitis


For information on life history, see Collins and Morris 1985 (IUCN book) and Lee (1986). Genitalia have been illustrated and discussed by Chou (1992), Saigusa and Lee (1982), and Bai and Wang (1998).

Geographical Distribution

Southwest China (Tibet, Nanshan, Szechwan, Yunnan, Shaanxi) (Chou, 1994).

Geographical Variation

The type locality of the nominal subspecies is not given. A recognized subspecies is B. t. dongchuanensis Lee, 1986 (Type locality: Dongchuan, Yunnan, China) (Lee, 1986). Chou (1992) described B. yulongensis (Type locality: Mt. Yulong, Yunnan, S. China) and B. nigrilima (Type locality: Kangding, Sichuan, S. China) as valid species, but others have listed them as subspecies or synonyms of B. thaidiana (see Igarashi 2003).

Larval Food Plant

Two species of Aristolochia are recorded as host plants of B. thaidiana; these are A. moupinensis and A. delavayi (Lee, 1986; Chunsheng, 2001).


Bai, J., Wang, X., 1998. Swallowtail butterflies in China. The Shu-Sheng Press, Taibei, China.

Chunsheng, W., 2001. Zhongguo dong wu zhi. Kun chong gang. Di 25 juan, Lin chi mu feng die ke : feng die ya ke, ju feng die ya ke, juan die ya ke / Wu Chunsheng bian zhu ; Zhongguo ke xue yuan Zhongguo dong wu zhi bian ji wei yuan hui zhu bian. Fauna Sinica, Insecta Vol. 25: Lepidoptera Papilionidae; Papilioninae, Zerynthiinae, Parnassiinae. Beijing, Ke xue chu ban she, 367 pp.

Chou, I., 1992. A Study on the rare butterflies of the genus Bhutanitis (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae) with descriptions of two new species. Entomotaxonomia, 14: 48-54.

Chou, I., 1994. Monographia Rhopalocerum Sinensium. Volume 1: 408 pp. Henan Scientific and Technological Publishing House, China.

Collins, N.M., Morris, M.G., 1985. Threatened Swallowtail Butterflies of the World: The IUCN Red data book. Gland, Switzerland. 401 pp.

Igarashi, S., 2003. Life history of Bhutanitis mansfieldi in comparison with those of related species. Butterflies (Publication of the Butterfly Society of Japan), 35:20-39.

Lee, C., 1986. First report on the life histories and phylogenetic position of two Chinese Papilionidae, Bhutanitis mansfieldi and B. thaidiana. Yadoriga 126: 17-21.

Saigusa, T., Lee, C., 1982. A rare papilionid butterfly Bhutanitis mansfieldi (Riley), its rediscovery, new subspecies and phylogenetic position. Tyō to Ga 33: 1-24.

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Vazrick Nazari
Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes, Ottawa, Canada

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