Graphium agamemnon (Tailed Jay, Green-spotted Triangle Butterfly)

Graphium agamemnon, also called Tailed Jay or Green-spotted Triangle Butterfly is a common butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1758 by Linnaeus. With a wingspan of 8.0 – 10.0 cm the Tailed Jay is a small member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The butterfly is black with many green spots.



Photos for easy identification

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

These are nice photos of Graphium agamemnon (Tailed Jay). Graphium agamemnon is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia).


Description

The forewings are black. There are many green spots. Nearby body the spots condens to small green bands.
The underside is a copy of upside, but the ground is brown.

The hind wings are black and have short tails. The margin is ridged. There are two chains of green spots on wing. At the inner edge there are two green stripes.
The underside is a copy of upside, but the ground is brown and the green spots are darker than upside.

The body is black, but the underside is grey.

Sex differences: None


Distribution

The Tailed Jay (Graphium agamemnon) is a butterfly of the Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The distribution include the whole ecozone and extend from India to New Zealand.


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

Larval food

Annonaceae:

Magnoliaceae:

General information

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

Because of its green-spotted colouring the Tailed Jay is nearly invisibly in interplay of light and shadow in rainforest.


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

Here you can see the subspecies Graphium agamemnon andamana.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Graphium agamemnon comodus.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Graphium agamemnon exilis.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Graphium agamemnon menides.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Graphium agamemnon meton.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Graphium agamemnon plisthenes.

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 15.01.2006 Butterflyhous, Vienna

Here you can see another exemplar of Tailed Jay (Graphium agamemnon).


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Graphium arycles Boisduval 1836

Graphium macfarlanei Butler 1877

Graphium procles Grose-Smith 1887


Scientific name

Graphium agamemnon Linnaeus 1758


Synonym

 Tailed Jay, Green-spotted Triangle Butterfly
Geschwänzter Eichelhäher


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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