Laparus doris

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Laparus doris
Laparus doris viridis
Doris Longwing, blue morph.jpg
Blue specimen, Quito, Ecuador
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Heliconiini
Genus: Laparus
Billberg, 1820
Species: L. doris
Binomial name
Laparus doris
(Linnaeus, 1771)


  • Crenis Hübner, 1821


  • Heliconius doris
  • Papilio doris Linnaeus, 1771
  • Papilio quirina Cramer, [1775]
  • Papilio amathusia Cramer, [1777]
  • Nereis delila Hübner, [1813]
  • Migonitis crenis Hübner, 1816
  • Crenis brylle Hübner, 1821
  • Heliconia dorimena Doubleday, 1847
  • Heliconius mars Staudinger, 1885

Laparus doris, the Doris longwing or Doris,[1] is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family and only member (i.e., monotypic) of the Laparus genus. It is found from Central America to the Amazon.[2] There is considerable colour and pattern variation, even at sub-species level.

It is found from sea level to 1200 metres in forest clearings.[1]

The larvae primarily feed on granadilla species. Adults feed on nectar from Lantana flowers, with the females also collecting pollen from Psiguria and Psychotia flowers.[1]


Listed alphabetically:[2]

  • Laparus doris delila (Hübner, [1813]) – (Peru)
  • Laparus doris dives (Oberthür, 1920) – (Colombia, Venezuela)
  • Laparus doris doris (Linnaeus, 1771) – (Surinam, French Guiana, Guyana, Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, Brazil)
  • Laparus doris obscurus (Weymer, 1891) – (Colombia, Ecuador)
  • ?Laparus doris virescens Riffarth, 1901
  • Laparus doris viridis (Staudinger, 1885) – (Panama, Honduras)

There is also an unnamed subspecies from Trinidad.


  1. ^ a b c The Doris, Learn about Butterflies
  2. ^ a b "Laparus Billberg, 1820" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms

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