Wednesday, 5 August 2015

77. Graphium doson axion (The Common Jay)

Number: 77
Family: Papilioniidae
Sub-Family: Papilioniinae
Species: Graphium doson axion (C. & R. Felder, 1864)
Common name(s): The Common Jay
Photography location: Tam Dao foothills (Vinh Phuc Prov.), Cuc Phuong N.P. (Ninh Binh Prov.)

Monastyrskii & Devyatkin (2016) listed 20 Graphium species recorded in Vietnam viz. cloanthus, sarpedon, doson, evemon, eurypylus, chironides, leechi, arycles, agamemnon, phidias, macareus, megarus, xenocles, agetes, antiphates, aristeus, nomius, mullah, mandarinus, eurous.

Graphium doson exploits many habitats, even being found in towns, but is commonest in lowland evergreen forest, where males can be seen fling along paths and streams, and puddling in large numbers, often outnumbering all other Graphium species together in a multi-species group.  

Subspecies axion is found across mainland Asia, from northern India to China, Indochina and Thailand. It is replaced in the Malay Peninsula by subspecies evemonides.

Graphium doson with some Prioneris thestylis (Spotted Sawtooth), Prioneris philonome (Red-spot Sawtooth), Appias lyncida (Chocolate Albatross), Ixias pyrene (Yellow Orange Tip), Cyrestis thyodamas (Common Map)

 A puddle party at Cuc Phuong with Graphium doson (1 individual in flight notably), Prioneris thestylis (Spotted Sawtooth), Appias albina (Common Albatross), Appias galba (Indian Orange Albatross), Graphium antiphates (Fivebar Swordtail)…

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