Atrophaneura polyeuctes (Common Windmill)

Atrophaneura polyeuctes, also called Common Windmill is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). 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

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 polyeuctes (Common Windmill) (male above / female below). Atrophaneura polyeuctes 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 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.


Distribution

Atrophaneura polyeuctes is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from India until Vietnam.


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 1842 by Doubleday. There are three subspecies.

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 the subspecies Atrophaneura  polyeuctes lama (male left / female right).

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 the subspecies Atrophaneura  polyeuctes philoxenus (male left / female right).

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

Here you can see the subspecies Atrophaneura  polyeuctes termessus (male).


Macro photos

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Atrophaneura polyeuctes philoxenus f (Oberseite)
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Atrophaneura polyeuctes philoxenus f (Unterseite)

Here you can see some macro photos of Atrophaneura polyeuctes philoxenus f.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Atrophaneura dasarada Moore 1858 (Great Windmill)

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


Scientific name

Atrophaneura polyeuctes Doubleday 1842 


Other names

Common Windmill


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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