Papilio rumanzovia – the Scarlet Mormon
This is one of the most striking butterflies of them all, with the red spots clustering around the base of the hindwings on the underside like a string of rubies. It is displayed underside-up (the upper side is dull in comparison, black with some smudges of creamy grey). This species is found in the Philippines and Indonesia, with this particular specimen originating from Leyte Island, Philippines.
This butterfly has been prepared in the UK to museum standards and is displayed in a deep handmade shadowbox frame, mounted on white conservation-grade foam. The back of the frame is covered in really special Italian decorative paper, with a brass hook for hanging it on the wall (but it also stands perfectly on a mantlepiece or a table). It is completely sealed inside the frame and will last for generations.
Please note that the red colouring on this butterfly’s wings comes from pigmentation rather than refraction (see Morpho aega or Papilio blumei for descriptions of refraction and their uses), so it will fade slowly if left in direct sunlight.