Butterflies (and moths) belong to the order Lepidoptera. The butterflies seem to have split away from the moths and then evolved over the last 70M years or so to form the six families that we know and love today.
I have always had trouble identifying butterflies from the
various field guides and the photo of a live Papilio thoa shows clearly how
different a live animal is from the dead specimen illustrated, which has the wings relaxed and the pattern destroyed.
We use Brown & Heineman Jamaica and its Butterflies (1972) as our reference and some of our nomenclature may be dated. To the best of our knowledge, the species listed below are correctly classified, but please if you have any comments.
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