Graphium agetes (Fourbar Swordtail)
Graphium agetes, also called Fourbar Swordtail is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1843 by Westwood. The wingspan is about 6 – 7 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Graphium agetes is white or yellowish. Four black bars dominate the fore wing.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are yellowish. The outer edge is black. Four black bars dominate the wing.
The underside of Graphium agetes is very similar to the upside.
The hind wings of Graphium agetes are yellowish and they have long tails. The edge is wavy. The outer edge of the wing and the tail are black. Two black bars are one the wing. At the inner edge there is a black eye with a red eye-shadow.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, the black bar in the middle of the wing contains a red sinus-line
The body (abdomen) is yellow-black-striped. The thorax and the head are also yellow and black.
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Graphium agetes is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from the South of China and Myanmar until Indonesia.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1843 by Westwood. There are four subspecies.
- Graphium agetes chinensis [Chou & Li, 1994]
- Graphium agetes insularis [Staudinger, 1895]
- Graphium agetes iponus [Fruhstorfer]
- Graphium agetes kinabaluensis [Fruhstorfer]
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
-no entry- (as at 22.05.2009)
- EU regulation on trading with species of wild Fauna and Flora
-no entry- (as at 07.07.2009)
- IUCN Red List of threatened species:
-no entry- (as at 2009) (see: www. redlist.org/)
Similar and closely-related species
Graphium agetes Westwood 1843
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: PAPILIONIDAE
- Subfamilie: PAPILIONINAE
- Tribe: LEPTOCIRCINI
- Genus: GRAPHIUM
- Specific name: AGETES