Specimens of the giant Jamaican swallowtail Papilio homerus, one of the most marvellous butterflies in the world are rarely shown due to their protected status. Here are four specimens that are held by the Hope Department of Entomology. Enjoy these.
as far as I remember, there is a quite complete paper in Trop Lepidop ( around 1990)
Thank you. The paper would be very interesting to read. I would welcome a copy, if anybody has this paper. That paper would have P. homerus status in 1990, but I Wonder how is P. homerus doing now in 2013.
Adam, I found the T. Emmel and E. Garraway paper a fascinating read. Lovely photos of the, habitat, adults and larvae stages. Two words spring to mind, habitat destruction. It seems from the 1990 paper, the homerus population was in serious decline by the mid 1980's when the field studies were done. I wonder how P. homerus has fared in the quarter of a century since then. It would be very sad indeed, if we lost this magnificent species. Thanks again Peter.
I was living for 2 years in Jamaica (Kingston) around 2002-04. Didn't manage to see one single homerus during this time (and I did spend time in the blue mountains). I know that locals catch one once in a while though. One of the big German traders used to travel there and buy it from them. There should be a few in private collections acquired over the last 20 years!
>> until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate - Carl Jung <<
Wow, two years and not a single sighting, sad indeed. Proection does not guarantee anythingand i think it can further threaten a species' survival even further, conservation strategies are needed, c'mon CITES get it together. Finish what you started.
Too many people need there Kenco Blue mountain coffee in the morning at the cost of the blue mountain forests and homerus habitat, ironically it's probably still there due to the cocaine growers and there guns protecting what little habitat remains, in accessible ravines that are not good coffee growing areas.
I wouldn't mind the pdf on homerus also Adam if it's not too much trouble.
Here are a few papers (including the one Adam mentions) and pics of pinned specimens and live adults of P homerus available on the net. (these are all from the first page of results from googling "Papilio homerus") There are so many more papers available for free online now. I just wish all papers were. It does make me wonder how specimens of a CITES 1 listed species manage to make thier way to the USA. David Hall.
PAPILIO HOMERUS (PAPILIONIDAE) IN JAMAICA, WEST INDIES: FIELD OBSERVATIONS AND DESCRIPTION OF IMMATURE STAGES THOMAS W. TURNER 1991