Chilasa slateri (Blue-striped Mime)

Chilasa slateri, also called Blue-striped Mime is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1859 by Hewitson. The wingspan is about 8 – 11 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Chilasa slateri is dark-brown. It has blue stripes 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 slateri (Blue-striped Mime) (male above / female below). Chilasa slateri is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

The fore wings are dark-brown. In the middle of the wing there are some blue stripes.
The underside of Chilasa slateri is brown.

The hind wings of Chilasa slateri are dark-brown. At the inner-edge there is a orange-yellow eye.
The underside is very similar to the upside. The basic colour is brown.

The body (abdomen) is black. It has white spots. Thorax and head are also black and they have white spots.

Sex differences: None.


Distribution

Chilasa slateri is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly fromthe North of India until Indonesia.


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 1859 by Hewitson. There are five subspecies.

This species mimes other uneatable butterflies (Euploea mulciber). Therefore Chilasa slateri 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 slateri marginata.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Chilasa slateri perses.


Protection provisions / Red List

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Scientific name

Chilasa slateri Hewitson 1859
(in some publications also Papilio slateri)


Other names

Blue-striped Mime


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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