Chilasa clytia (Common Mime)

Chilasa clytia, also called Common Mime is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1758 by Linnaeus. The wingspan is about 8 – 11 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Chilasa clytia is dark-brown or black. It has many yellowish stripes and spots on the wings.



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 Chilasa clytia (Common Mime) (male above / female below). Chilasa clytia is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

The fore wings are black. At the outer edge there are some yellowish spots.
The underside of Chilasa clytia is very similar to the upside.

The hind wings of Chilasa clytia are black. The edge is a little bit wavy. In the middle of the wing there are some yellowish stripes. At the edge there are one chain of yellowish spots and one chain of orange spots.
The underside is very similar to the upside.

The body (abdomen) is black and it has white spots. Thorax and head are also black. The underside of thorax and head have white spots.

Sex differences: The basic colour of the female is dark-brown.


Distribution

Chilasa clytia is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from the North of India until the South of China and Indonesia.


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

Larval food

Lauraceae:

Sapotaceae:

General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1758 by Linnaeus. There are thirteen subspecies.

This species is very mutabel and it mimes other uneatable butterflies. Therefore Chilasa clytia is also portected against preditors.

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 form Chilasa clytia f dissimilis (male left/ female right). The wingspan is about 9 - 11 cm.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Chilasa clytia echidna.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Chilasa clytia flavolimbatus.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Chilasa clytia lankeswara.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Chilasa clytia palephates.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Chilasa clytia panope.


Macro photos

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Chilasa clytia m (upside)
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Chilasa clytia m (underside)

Here you can see a macro photo of Chilasa clytia.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

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Scientific name

Chilasa clytia Linnaeus 1758
(In some publications also Papilio clytia)


Other names

Common Mime


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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