Monday, 31 August 2015

134. Prioneris philonome clemanthe (The Red-spotted Sawtooth)

Number: 134
Family: Pieriidae
Sub-Family: Pieriinae
Species: Prioneris philonome clemanthe (Doubleday, 1846)
Common name(s): The Red-spotted Sawtooth
Photography location: Tam Dao foothills (Vinh Phuc Prov.)

The genus Prioneris comprises 6 species, all occuring in the Oriental region. Two are recorded in Vietnam - thestylis and philonome. Both are common species throughout the country.

Prioneris philonome is quite similar to Prioneris thestylis but UnH has a small orange-red basal spot and 4/5 of UnH is yellow in male.

 Male Prioneris philonome - yellow is more extensive in female (Tam Dao, June 2016)

Same male specimen, showing its upperwings - female is much darker above

Interesting shot of males Prioneris philonome (top) and Prioneris thestylis (The Spotted Sawtooth) side by side
Other species included Graphium doson (Common Jay), on the right

Mud-puddling males Prioneris philonome

A male Prioneris philonome surrounded by Appias albina

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