Very nice, and in such great condition, too! I recently acquired pairs of several species of Parides, including childrenae and photinus - the first representatives of this genus that I've ever had in my collection.
Thank you livingplanet3 for the prompt reply. I would not have imagined the species being that widespread...
I have long considered orellana, photinus, and childrenae to be the most beautiful species of the parides; although I'm sure there are others much rarer or seldom seen in collections.
Despite several attempts at getting good specimens of any one of these species I have never achieved any of them.
Did however run across a nice pair of Parides hahneli from Brazil.
Does anyone have some nice examples of photinus or childreni to share with us ?
I'd post some photos of mine, but I haven't gotten around to spreading them yet. I also have Parides eurimedes and Parides iphidamas. I actually have a few hundred butterfly specimens that need to be mounted, but as of late, it seems that I'm always getting sidetracked by some other task!
Parides gundlachianus, from Cuba - that would be a very nice species to have! -
Can anyone tell me if this species is endemic to any one country or does it have considerably wider distribution ?
Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru, and Brazil, apparently.
Actually, listing its distribution by country is deceptive, because Parides orellana only occurs in the upper to mid Amazon region of all these countries.
Racheli (2006) states "P. orellana appears to be a scarce and local species but widespread in the western Amazonia from southern Venezuela to eastern Peru." and lists the foillowing localities:
VENEZUELA. Amazonas: Yávita; Puerto Ayacucho; COLOMBIA. Caquetá: Colonia Florencia; Meta: entre Uribe y Papamene (Apolinar, 1925); Guainía: Rio Guainia, El Carmen; Amazonas: Mitu; ECUADOR. Pastaza: Mera; Napo: Misahualli; PERU. Loreto: Rio Nanay, Mishana, Est. Biol. Callicebus, 150 m; Iquitos; Caballo Cocha; BRAZIL. Amazonas: Tefé; Rio Madeira, Canumã; S. Paulo de Olivenca; Tonantins; Manacapuru; Rondônia: Candeias do Jamari.
Ref. Racheli, T. 2006. The genus Parides: An unended quest. In: Bauer, E. & T. Frankenbach (Eds.), Butterflies of the World. Supplement 13. Keltern, Goecke & Evers. 116 pp., 82 figs., 7 tabs.
Those are some stunning creatures. I have often thought of collecting Neotropical Lepidoptera. I currently have over 500 Cornell Drawers and I only collect North American material. If I added Neotropical? And to do it right? I would need a bigger house.