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Martin's Indra Swallowtail [Papilio indra martini] Adult Insect Images

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Martin's Swallowtail is found predominately inside the protected Mojave Preserve in San Bernardino Co., CA. Although there are rumored to be a few places to collect it outside of preserve boundaries, legally-collected specimens are quite rare and usually from old collections, before the creation of the preserve. Intergrade indra populations with nearly 100% martini genes may also be found in mountain ranges near the preserve. Unfortunately, poached specimens are said to ocassionally turn-up for sale on international black markets.

Considering the scarcity of legal specimens, I consider myself fortunate to take these photos of Papilio indra martini from the L.A. Natural History Museum's collection...

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