Atrophaneura plutonius

Atrophaneura plutonius is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1876 by Oberthür. The wingspan is about 10 – 12 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Atrophaneura plutonius is black. It has red spots.



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 plutonius (male above / female below). Atrophaneura plutonius 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 plutonius is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is dark-brown.

The hind wings of Atrophaneura plutonius are black and they have tails. The edge is wavy. At the edge there is a chain of red spots. Next to the body there is a light-brown area.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, there are more red spots than on the upside.

The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax is black. The head is red. The underside of all parts has red hairs. 

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


Distribution

Atrophaneura plutonius is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Nepal until Bhutan and China.


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

Larval food

Aristolochiaceae:



General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1876 by Oberthür. There are no subspecies.


Macro photos

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

Here you can see some macro photos of Atrophaneura plutonius.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Atrophaneura mencius C. & R. Felder 1862 PALÄARKTIS (Schwerpunkt ASIEN)  


Scientific name

Atrophaneura plutonius Oberthür 1876


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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