Other Common Names
Chocolate Soldier, Brown Soldier, Brown Argus
I didn't get off to a good start with this species. The first time I saw one was just after I first entered the Botanic Gardens in Cairns, and it chased away the first Papilio ulysses I ever saw. Though I was a bit annoyed, I was still pleased to get a photo of this butterfly, as it was a new species to me. I was a bit surprised by its size - I'd been expecting it to be a similar size to J. villida, but in fact it's quite a lot larger.
This is not the easiest species to photograph. Although they settle often, it's usually not for very long or not in a good position for the camera. As a result I don't have many photos of them, though I saw several of them around. In fact, in late April 2011 they were all over the place around Cairns.
Cairns - October 2005, April 2006, August 2007, September 2008