This is one of my favourite species of Parides and it was my main goal to find it on my trip to Costa Rica. I was not fortunate to find it but I acquired a pair after all. top male, bottom female both from Costa Rica
Parides gundlachianus: I have never collected or laid eyes upon a living individual.
However, I saw a specimen in Irving Finklestien's collection way back when?? I think that specimen may be in the collection at the McGuire Centre in Gainesville, Florida?? Or wherever Irving collection ended up at??
I also saw one in a collection of specimens from Cuba during a Lep. Soc. Annual meeting in Quebec, Canada.(1982??) While living in South Florida and collecting extensively in the Florida Keys, I never saw or collected any exotic Lepidoptera from Cuba.
There is something to the saying "Ignorance is Bliss."
Having never studied Parides except to read the highest level papers, I'm ignorant of scientific significance, distribution, and rarity.
Not being a prize collector, I have no idea which are rare and expensive, and which are common.
That leaves me one way to enjoy them- as natural works of art. I can see in Parides that which I cannot see, due to my scientific biases, in many other Leps.
So please, post more photos! I don't care if they are common or rare, I enjoy them all equally!
I too, look forward to seeing more photos!
Parides was actually one of the last genera of Papilionidae that I acquired some specimens of. Until just recently, I focused almost entirely on Papilio, Atrophaneura, Pachliopta, Ornithoptera, and various Nymphalidae such as Morpho, Caligo, Charaxes and Polyura.