Post by Adam Cotton on Mar 15, 2011 10:10:04 GMT -8
A Chinese dealer sent me a series of males 2 years ago, and I got a few from another dealer at about the same time so they are occasionally available, although quality (and data) is always a problem with these Chinese sellers.
Papilio dialis is actually rather local in distribution, and also is a very short-lived species, so if the collector is not in the right place at the rigth time he won't catch it, or he'll just get ragged specimens.
Thanks very much Adam. Yukio's book has so many pictures of P. dialis dialis but actually there is not much information available about it.
I've got doddsi and andronicus but I still miss dialis and also cataleucas from Hainan. Nowadays everything comes from China and I'm not able to get these 2... Well, I'll keep waiting patiently till I find a chinese offering them... Let's see what I get, because everytime I receive specimens from a chinese, there is some kind of trouble: bad quality, false species, missing data or the parcel went lost.
If I am not mistaken, andronicus should read tatsuta. Jade.
Yes that is correct, andronicus Fruhstorfer (1909) is a junior homonym of andronicus Ward (1871), an African species of Papilio. The valid name for the Taiwan ssp. of Papilio dialis is tatsuta Murayama (1970).