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phoebus parnassians
Sat, Oct 18, 2008 at 7:25 PM
hi daniel,
attached are male phoebus parnassian photo’s taken this past july. the one with the little dark hook like lines on the rear wing i believe is a high elevation parnassian.

Parnassian

Parnassian

the other two photo’s are also a male parnassian but according to glassberg they are low elevation. however i took the photo’s at roughly the same elevation (9,000 feet)but on different days.
enjoy, venice

Parnassian low elevation

Parnassian low elevation

Hi Again Venice,
We are always reluctant to post location photos for Parnassian Butterflies since they are endangered and since collectors are quite rabid about catching them.  The Phoebus Parnassian, Parnassius phoebus, is highly variable, and isolated populations are often quite different from other populations.  We would hate to have your mountain decended upon by Japanese and German butterfly collectors, but we are thrilled to post your gorgeous photos.

Parnassian

Parnassian

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