Papilio rumanzovia – the Scarlet Mormon
26x19x6cm frame (black)
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.
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.