Chilasa epycides (Lesser Mime)

Chilasa epycides, also called Lesser Mime is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). 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

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


Description

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.


Distribution

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.


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

Larval food

Lauraceae:

General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1864 by Hewitson. There are five subspecies.

This species mimes other uneatable butterflies. Therefore Chilasa epycides is also portected against preditors.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Chilasa epycides horatius (female).

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

Here you can see the subspecies Chilasa epycides hypochra.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Chilasa epycides melanoleucus.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

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Scientific name

Chilasa epycides Hewitson 1864
(In some publications also Papilio epycides)


Other names

Lesser Mime


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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