This Philippine butterfly had a mistaken identity for years, until its ‘rediscovery’

  • A pair of scientists have discovered a new subspecies of butterfly whose only known habitat is at the peak of a potentially active volcano in the central Philippines.
  • Specimens of the new subspecies, Appias phoebe nuydai, were first collected in 2012 by researcher Jade Badon, who initially misidentified them as belonging to a different phoebe subspecies.
  • The researcher realized in 2019 that the species was different after comparing its forewings to existing cataloged species.
  • Climate change is the biggest possible threat to high-elevation butterflies, with researchers calling for more studies into how the butterflies are adapting.

READ MORE: This Philippine butterfly had a mistaken identity for years, until its ‘rediscovery’ (mongabay.com)

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