Regal Apollo

Scientific Name
Parnassius charitonius
GRAY, 1853
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Parnassius charitonius, Shandur Pass, Pakistan – J-F. Charmeux
Parnassius charitonius, Shandur Pass, Pakistan – J-F. Charmeux

Introduction

The genus Parnassius, known commonly as Apollos, comprises of 54 species. Three of these are endemic to North America, a further 2 are found both in North America and the Palaearctic, and the remainder are distributed variously across Europe and temperate Asia.

Parnassius are instantly recognisable as a genus, having rounded translucent whitish wings that in most species are adorned with prominent white-centred red ocelli. Unlike most other Papilionidae they have short antennae with non-recurved tips.

Many Parnassius species are exceedingly rare and have a very localised distribution.

Parnassius charitonius is found in Afghanistan, Pakistan, northern India, and across central Asia to Tibet.

Habitats

This species breeds on almost barren mountainsides at very high altitudes ( up to at least 4100m ).

Lifecycle

The larval foodplant is Corydalis.

Adult behaviour

To be completed.

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Parnassius charitonius
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GRAY, 1853
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PARNASSIINAE
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