Pantoporia venilia (Linnaeus, 1758)
Cape York Aeroplane
LIMENITIDINAE ,   NYMPHALIDAE ,   PAPILIONOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


drawing by Pieter Cramer, listed as Papilio venilia,
Uitlandsche kapellen voorkomende in de drie waereld-deelen,
Amsterdam Baalde, vol. 3 (1782), Plate CCXIX, fig. B,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

These Caterpillars have been found on :

  • Lepidopetalum fructoglabrum ( SAPINDACEAE ).

    The adults of this species are black with a large white patch in the middle, and an arc of white spots along the edge, of each wing.


    underside
    drawing by Pieter Cramer, listed as Papilio venilia,
    Uitlandsche kapellen voorkomende in de drie waereld-deelen,
    Amsterdam Baalde, vol. 3 (1782), Plate CCXIX, fig. C,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

    The undersides are similar to the top surfaces. The butterflies have a wingspan of about 4 cms.

    Various sub-species of this butterfly are found in

  • Indonesia,
  • Myanmar,
  • Papua New Guinea,

    The sub-species moorei (W. Macleay, 1866) is found in Australia in

  • Queensland on Cape York.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 554-555.

    Carl Linnaeus,
    Insecta Lepidoptera,
    Systema Naturae,
    Volume 1, Edition 10 (1760), Class 5, Part 3, p. 478, No. 120.


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    (updated 2 January 2012, 11 December 2013)