Atrophaneura dasarada (Great Windmill)

Atrophaneura dasarada, also called Great Windmill is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1858 by Moore. The wingspan is about 12 – 14 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Atrophaneura dasarada is black. It has white and red spots. The underside of the body has a red hair-coat. The females are dark-brown or black.



Photos for easy identification

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see some photos of Atrophaneura dasarada (Great Windmill) (male above / female below). Atrophaneura dasarada is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

The fore wings are black. The veins partly bordered by brown colour.
The underside of Atrophaneura dasarada is very similar to the upside. The basic colour is dark-brown.

The hind wings of Atrophaneura dasarada are black and they have tails. The edge is wavy. At the edge there are two white spots and three red spots.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But there is a fourth red spot. 

The body (abdomen) is black. Head and thorax are black. Some parts of the underside of head and abdomen are red. 

Sex differences: The female covers the upper range of the wing-span. The basic colour of the female is dark-brown or black.


Distribution

Atrophaneura dasarada is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from India until the South of China and Laos.


This world map shows the ecozones in which this butterfly is distributed.

Larval food

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General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1858  by Moore. There are four subspecies.

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see the subspecies Atrophaneura dasarada barata (male).


Macro photos

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Atrophaneura dasarada m (upside)
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Atrophaneura dasarada m (underside)

Here you can see some macro photos of Atrophaneura dasarada.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Atrophaneura nevilli Wood-Mason 1882 (Nevilli´s Windmill)

Atrophaneura polyeuctes Doubleday 1842 (Common Windmill)


Scientific name

Atrophaneura dasarada Moore1858  


Other names

 Great Windmill


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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