The Scarlet Mormon Butterfly - Facts, Pictures and Information

Scarlet Mormon Butterfly

You can see the bright red markings on this butterfly.  I think they are just beautiful.
You can see the bright red markings on this butterfly. I think they are just beautiful. | Source

The Scarlet Mormon Butterfly

The Scarlet Mormon Butterfly is black with bright red markings, and also goes by the names Crimson Mormon, Scarlet Swallowtail, Menelaides rumanzovius, and M. Rumanzovia. I first saw one at a butterfly conservatory, which if you have never been to one, I highly recommend that. I have been to a few different butterfly conservatories in my life, and have loved them all and the differences they offer. Mainly, I love that they have butterflies from around the world, that are just beautiful and that I would otherwise not get to see in person.

The picture shown above is a male Scarlet Mormon, and like many other butterfly species the female takes on a different look. All the females even look different in their subspecies, whereas the males all look the same for the most part. No matter what, the bottom sides of the butterflies have striking coloring, mainly red and black and white.

One notable characteristic of the females is that their top sides will be primarily black but have some minimal white and red markings on them. The larvae eat the leaves of citrus plants mostly. The adults feed on the nectar of flowers. You will find these beauties in Southeast Asia, in the Philippines in particular. 

One thing I love about these butterflies, is how the light reflects off of their wings if it is shining on them just right.  The contrast of black and white really stands out in this case, and is just a different kind of beautiful than you might normally expect in a butterfly.

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Female Scarlet Mormon

I love the shape of this butterfly, it is very unique.
I love the shape of this butterfly, it is very unique. | Source

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I have never seen a butterfly like that and it is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us.


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carolina muscle 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

It certainly is pretty!!!


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

I just looked at migrating butterflies that migrate from Canada from Mexico... In Pismo Beach, Ca Thanks for sharing...


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nifty@50 5 years ago

Being from the Philippines, I wonder how they got the Mormon handle? Beautiful hub!


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Pamela and Carolina, thank you so much. Yes, its colors are bolder than many butterflies, I think it is pretty also.


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Dallas, I find it ineresting to look at the different butterflies that migrate to different areas and the reasons for doing so. Thank you.


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Nifty, that is something I also wonder about, and when I get the answer, I will share it here. Thank you for your comment.


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PhoenixV 5 years ago from USA

Great Photos!


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Thank you PhoenixV


butterflyhouse 5 years ago

Very unique markings on the scarlet mormon butteryfly.


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Butterflyhouse, yes I think they are very unique.

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