Atrophaneura priapus

Atrophaneura priapus is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1836 by Boisduval. The wingspan is about 11 – 14 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Atrophaneura priapus is black. It has a broad yellow band on the hind wings. The body has a yellow hair coat. The females are dark-brown. The veins are bordered by white colour.



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 priapus (male above / female below). Atrophaneura priapus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

The fore wings are black. The veins partly bordered by white colour.
The underside of Atrophaneura priapus is very similar to the upside.

The hind wings of Atrophaneura priapus are black. The edge is a little bit wavy. There is a broad, yellowish band on the wing. This band contains some black spots. Next to the body there is a white area with red edge.
The underside is similar to the upside, but the white area is missing.

The body (abdomen) is yellow and black. Head and the underside of abdomen are yellow. The thorax is black.

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


Distribution

Atrophaneura priapus is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Myanmar until Indonesia.


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 1836  by Boisduval. There are two subspecies.

The design of the wings is similar to the design of Birdwing butterflies (genus: Troides).

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 priapus dilutus (male above / female below).

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 priapus hageni (male above / female below).


Macro photos

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

Here you can see some macro photos of Atrophaneura priapus.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Atrophaneura sycorax Grose-Smith 1885


Scientific name

Atrophaneura priapus Boisduval 1836 


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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