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#1 Aveschapines

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 10:45 AM

Just wondering if any of you happen to know what kind of butterlfy this is that visited my geraniums a few minutes ago?  It's pretty large, 4-5" across with open wings. Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, 8500 ft / 2300 mts ASL.

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#2 Aveschapines

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 10:46 AM

I didn't get a fully open wings view, sorry!

TIA

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#3 Liam

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 10:57 AM

It's a Tiger Swallowtail of some sort. Not sure which species you have in Guatemala, though.

#4 Aveschapines

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 11:26 AM

Thanks, Liam!  That gives me a place to start.

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#5 Aveschapines

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 12:41 PM

Liam:
It's a Tiger Swallowtail of some sort. Not sure which species you have in Guatemala, though.

I'm thinking Two-Tailed Swallowtail. What do you think? This one looks just right:

http://www.toddshiki...Fauna52.htm

Although this one looks a little different (bolder black stripes, less yellow):

http://en.wikipedia....ed_Swallowtail

Thanks for your help!

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 12:45 PM

Yes, that looks like it. A close relative to the Tiger Swallowtails :)

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 12:46 PM

Wow, that was fast!  Thank you.  It's a beauty!

Helen






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