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


(Photo: courtesy of David Fisher, Iron Range, Queensland)

The Caterpillars of this species have been found on :

  • Lepidopetalum fructoglabrum ( SAPINDACEAE ).

    The adults of this species have dark brown or black wings, each with a large white patch in the middle, and arcs of white spots along the edges.


    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.

    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.


    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.


    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, 6 August 2020)