Atrophaneura polyeuctes (Common Windmill)
Atrophaneura polyeuctes, also called Common Windmill is a . The first description was in 1842 by Doubleday. The wingspan is about 10 – 12 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Atrophaneura polyeuctes is black. It has white and red spots. The underside of the body has a red hair-coat.
Photos for easy identification
Here you can see some photos of Atrophaneura polyeuctes (Common Windmill) (male above / female below). Atrophaneura polyeuctes is a member of the
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 one white spot and five red spots.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But there are six red spots and two white spots.
The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax is black. The head is red. Some parts of the underside of head and abdomen are red.
Sex differences: The female covers the upper range of the wing-span.
Atrophaneura polyeuctes is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from India until Vietnam.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1842 by Doubleday. There are three subspecies.
Here you can see the subspecies Atrophaneura polyeuctes lama (male left / female right).
Here you can see the subspecies Atrophaneura polyeuctes philoxenus (male left / female right).
Here you can see some macro photos of Atrophaneura polyeuctes philoxenus f.
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
-No entry- (as at 12.02.2008)
- EU regulation on trading with species of wild Fauna and Flora
-No entry- (as at 19.08.2005)
- IUCN Red List of threatened species:
-No entry- (as at 2008)
Similar and closely-related species
Atrophaneura polyeuctes Doubleday 1842
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: PAPILIONIDAE
- Subfamily: PAPILIONINAE
- Tribe: TROIDINI
- Genus: ATROPHANEURA
- Specific name: POLYEUCTES