|La Esperanza, Oaxaca, Mexico; June 1979 recto photo courtesy Benz||La Esperanza, Oaxaca, Mexico; June 1979 verso Photo courtesy Benz|
|La Esperanza, Oaxaca, Mexico; August 1976 summer form
|La Esperanza, Mexico June 1976 female
Discovered only recently (described in 1975), P esperanza
is known only from relict cloud forest in NE Oaxaca, Mexico between 1500
and 2500 meters elevation, in areas with extremely heavy annual rainfall.
May be common where found, but its habitat is rather inaccessible and is
guarded by the Mexican government and locals; Protected by the government
of Mexico as are many Mexican butterflies. May be a very old species (evolutionarily
speaking) as its early stages share some characteristics with SE Asian
Papilionidae in several different tribes.