Atrophaneura mencius

Atrophaneura mencius is a butterfly from the Palaearctic ecozone (Asia). The first description was in 1862 by C. & R. Felder. The wingspan is about 10 – 11 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Atrophaneura alcinous is dark-brown. It has big red spots on its hind wings. The underside of the body has red hairs.



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 mencius (male above / female below). Atrophaneura mencius is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Palaearctic (Asia).


Description

The fore wings are dark-brown or black. The veins are black.
The underside of Atrophaneura mencius is very similar to the upside.

The hind wings of Atrophaneura mencius are black and they have tails. The edge is wavy. At the edge there is a chain of  big dark-red spots.
The underside is very similar to the upside. The spots are bigger and brighter.

The body (abdomen) is black and it has red stripes. The thorax is black. The head is red. The underside of head and abdomen has red hairs. 

Sex differences: The female covers the upper range of the wing-span.


Distribution

Atrophaneura mencius is a butterfly from the Palaearctic (Asia) ecozone. But, the distribution includes some parts of the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly in China.


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

Larval food

Menispermaceae:

General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1862 by C. & R. Felder. There are no subspecies.


Macro photos

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

Here you can see some macro photos of Atrophaneura mencius.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Atrophaneura alcinous Klug 1836 (Chinese Windmill)

Atrophaneura impediens Rotschild 1895 AUSTRALASIA-INDOMALAYA (Australia)

Atrophaneura plutonius Oberthür 1876 AUSTRALASIA-INDOMALAYA (Australia)


Scientific name

Atrophaneura mencius C. & R. Felder 1862 


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

PALAEARCTIC (Asia)

  

 

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