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Tirumala hamata hamata

Blue tiger
Photo by Don Gardner

Once thought to be in the same genus as the monarch, Tirumala hamata hamata (or dark tiger) is distributed from the Philippines to Australia and Oceania. In April 1995 a large number were seen in New Zealand.

Biostatus
Rare migrant, occasionally blown to NZ, usually late summer.
Adult/imago
Black wings with grey spots. May live longer than five months.
Wingspan
70 mm

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