Location: Westford, MA
July 29, 2014 3:42 pm
A friend of mine was at a butterfly zoo in Westford, MA and she came across several exotic species that she wanted identified
Butterfly habitats are not natural settings for butterflies, and it can be difficult to identify unknown species without knowing the country of origin, which is one method we use to search for identifications. Additionally, the quality of your friend’s images is very poor, which is also detrimental for identification purposes. We do know that one image is of a Birdwing Butterfly in the tribe Troidini. It appears to be in the genus Troides. You can compare your image to this image of a female Troides rhadamantus from the Goliathus website. As you can see from this FlickR image, the Golden Birdwing, which is the common name for Troides rhadamantus, is a resident in the Chicago Botanic Garden Butterfly House, which is a good indication it can be found in other butterfly habitats that often use the same breeders to obtain stock. Let your friend know that butterfly habitats often have displays with images that assist in identifying the residents. The Westford Butterfly Place has a website with a gallery.