Chilasa epycides (Lesser Mime)
Chilasa epycides, also called Lesser Mime is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1864 by Hewitson. The wingspan is about 8 – 9 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Chilasa epycides is black. It has many yellowish stripes and spots on the wings.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are black. Many yellowish stripes and spots dominate the wing.
The underside of Chilasa epycides is very similar to the upside. The basic colour is brown.
The hind wings of Chilasa epycides are black. Many yellowish stripes and spots dominate the wing. At the inner edge there is a red eye.
The underside is very similar to the upside. The basic colour is brown.
The body (abdomen) is black. Thorax and head are also black. All parts of the body have white spots.
Sex differences: None.
Chilasa epycides 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 Malaysia.
- Cinnamomum camphora
- Cinnamomum micranthum
- Litsea cubeba
- Persea thunbergii
The first description of this butterfly was in 1864 by Hewitson. There are five subspecies.
- Chilasa epycides curiatius [Fruhstorfer, 1902]
- Chilasa epycides horatius [Blanchard, 1871]
- Chilasa epycides hypochra [Jordan, 1909]
- Chilasa epycides melanoleucus [Ney]
- Chilasa epycides yamabuki [Yoshino, 2008]
This species mimes other uneatable butterflies. Therefore Chilasa epycides is also portected against preditors.
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
Chilasa epycides Hewitson 1864
(In some publications also Papilio epycides)
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: PAPILIONIDAE
- Subfamily: PAPILIONINAE
- Tribe: PAPILIONINI
- Genus: CHILASA
- Specific name: EPYCIDES