PHILIPPINE BUTTERFLY CHECKLISTS

(Large family Nymphalidae broken down into subfamilies and Limenitidini, a large tribe of subfamily Nymphalinae segregated from subfamily list)

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HESPERIIDAE

Skippers and Darts

Small, darting flight; clubs on antennae hooked backwards.

LYCAENIDAE

Gossamer-winged, Blues, coppers, hairstreaks.

 

Small, brightly coloured; often have false heads with eyespots and small tails resembling antennae.

 

NYMPHALIDAE

Brush-footed or four-footed butterflies

Usually have reduced forelegs, so appear four-legged; often brightly coloured.

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NYMPHALIDAE; CHARAXINAE

Leafwings

Adults are very robust and fast flyers, and many are strongly attracted to drink liquids from carrion, dung, and rotten fruits, rather than nectar from flowers.

NYMPHALIDAE; DANAINAE

Tigers and Crows

Also called Milkweed Butterflies.  They lay their eggs on various milkweeds on which their larvae (caterpillars) feed. 

NYMPHALIDAE; LIBYTHEINAE

Beaks or Snouts

The common name refers to the thick labial palps (pedipalps) that look like a "snout" in this subfamily.

NYMPHALIDAE; MORPHINAE

Morphos and Owl Butterflies

The Morphinae is comprised of large, often colourful butterflies of the forest understory, with cryptic underwing patterns, including the Fauns, Duffers, Junglequeens, Junglekings and Saturns.

NYMPHALIDAE; NYMPHALINAE

True Brush-foots

The male's front pair of legs is reduced and not used for walking. It is from this fact that the sub-family and family gets its name.

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Nobility and Military Ranks

The common names of many species and genera reference military ranks or titles of nobility.

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NYMPHALIDAE; SATYRINAE

Browns

They are generally weak fliers and often shun bright sunlight, preferring moist and semi-shaded habitats. The caterpillars feed chiefly on monocotyledonous plants such as palms, grasses, and bamboos.

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PAPILIONIDAE

Swallowtails

Often have 'tails' on wings; caterpillar generates foul taste with osmeterium organ; pupa supported by silk girdle.

PIERIDAE

Yellows and Whites

Mostly white, yellow or orange; pupa supported by silk girdle.

RIODINIDAE

Metalmarks

Often have metallic spots on wings; often conspicuously coloured with black, orange and blue.

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Cite this page along with its URL as:

Badon, J. A. T., Lahom-Cristobal, L., & Talavera, A. A. (Chief Editors). 2013. Illustrated Lists of Philippine Butterflies. [updated 2019]. http://philippinelepidopt.wixsite.com/butterflies

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