Atrophaneura sycorax

Atrophaneura sycorax is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1885 by Grose-Smith. The wingspan is about 13 – 14 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Atrophaneura sycorax is black. It has a broad whitish band on the hind wings. The body has a yellow hair coat. The females are dark-brown or black. The veins are bordered by white colour.



Photos

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 sycorax egertoni (male above / female below). Atrophaneura sycorax 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 sycorax is very similar to the upside.

The hind wings of Atrophaneura sycorax are black. The edge is a little bit wavy. There is a broad, whitish 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 sycorax 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

Aristolochiaceae:

General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1885  by Grose-Smith. There are two subspecies.

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


Macro photos

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

Here you can see some macro photos of Atrophaneura sycorax.


Protection provisions / Red List

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Scientific name

Atrophaneura sycorax Grose-Smith 1885  


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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