The Clipper butterfly (Parthenos sylvia) can be found in a variety of different colours such as blue, green, brown and gold. Each of these different color forms is considered to be a subspecie of Parthenos sylvia. The current understanding is a single population was separated by the formation of mountains and islands, which allowed the different colours to evolve in a particular area. The genus Parthenos is Greek for virgin. The specie sylvia comes from the Latin word silva which means “wood or forest”.
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