Winged Rajahs, Colonels and Dukes

BY KHEW SIN KHOON
Nov 17, 2010

Why do Asian butterflies have names such as Sergeant, Red Admiral and Viscount? Because British military men came, collected and christened them.

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240 In the world of Archdukes and Nawabs: Top: Yellow Archduke, Blue Nawab, Archduke, Black-Tipped Archduke and Plain Nawab

 

 

So now we postulate some of the possible origins behind some of the English common names behind these butterflies, and why these early collectors may have coined these names for our beloved winged beauties!

 

This post was originally published on Butterflies of Singapore in October 2010. Khew Sin Khoon is an architect and butterfly enthusiast. He is the author of A Field Guide to Butterflies of Singapore.