August 22, 2009 | 10 comments

We’ve all heard of Mormon crickets. But did you know that there are not just one, but half a dozen types of Mormon butterfly? They’re named for their practice of polygamy (heh), and they’re beautiful.

The Great Mormon butterfly (Males are blue or black, females have striking speckled patterns of red, black and gray).

Great mormon - Grand mormon

Great Mormon Butterfly (Papilio memnon)

Great Mormon Butterfly

Great Mormon

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More here, here.


The Common Mormon butterfly:

Common Mormon (Female)

Black Beauty

Common Mormon


More here, here (read the description on the second one), here.


The Mormon Fritillary (an American moth butterfly rather than a polygamous Asian butterfly)


Mormon Fritillary (Speyeria mormonia washingtonia)

FRITILLARY, MORMON (speyeria mormonia) (8-4-08) dunton meadows, co -02


More here.


The Mormon Metalmark (another American moth butterfly)

Mormon metalmark



Lange's Mormon Metalmark, Apodemia mormo mormo X langei

The Scarlet Mormon:

Mormón escarlata hembra (female scarlet mormon)

Scarlet Mormon Butterfly

Mormón escarlata hembra

Scarlet Mormon Butterfly


More here, here, here.


The Blue Mormon:

blue mormon..

giant butterfly...

Blue Mormon

071015_0474 Papilio polymnestor (Blue Mormon)

More here, here.

(All pictures in this post copied from the “Share This” feature at Flickr.)


10 Responses to Bugged?

  1. Kaimi Wenger on August 22, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    I didn’t find flickr pictures of the Andaman Mormon, which is a rare species.

  2. Ardis Parshall on August 22, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Beautiful! I think I once lived in their ward.

    (This of course feeds right into Edje Jeter’s series on Mormon critters beginning here.)

  3. Left Field on August 22, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Fritillaries and metalmarks are both considered butterflies, not moths.

  4. Kaimi Wenger on August 22, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Good to know – I just updated the description.

  5. Kaimi Wenger on August 22, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    And yep, Ardis, this certainly feeds into Edje’s very good series at JI.

  6. Tatiana on August 23, 2009 at 1:29 am

    These are beautiful!

  7. Sam B. on August 23, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    So you’re saying we’re a good-looking people? Because these butterflies are gorgeous (and if I show the pictures to my daughter, I may never get my computed back).

  8. danithew on August 24, 2009 at 4:23 am

    Love these pictures …

  9. Jana on August 24, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    It’s nice to see a T&S post that even I enjoyed perusing.

    Keep up the good work, Kaimi. :)

  10. robyn on August 26, 2009 at 12:08 am

    I actually own a Mormon Butterfly. I found it in a curio shop. It is pinned as a specimen under glass and framed in black. Curiosity indeed.