Graphium aristeus (Chain Swordtail)

Graphium aristeus, also called Chain Swordtail is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1780 by Stoll. The wingspan is about 6 – 7 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Graphium aristeus is yellowish. Four broad darkbrown stripes dominate the fore wing. There is a chain of red spots on the underside of the hind wing.



Photos for easy identification

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

Here you can see some photos of Graphium aristeus (Chain Swordtail). Graphium aristeus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

The fore wings are yellowish. The outer part of the wing is darkbrown and contains a thin yellow strip. Four darkbrown stripes dominate the wing. Next to the body there is a darkbrown area.
The underside of Graphium aristeus is very similar to the upside.

The hind wings of Graphium aristeus are yellowish and they have long tails. The edge is wavy. The outer part of the wing is darkbrown and contains a chain of yellow spots. The inner edge is darkbrown. In the middle of the wing there is a darkbrown strip.   
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, a chain of red spots dominates the wing. 

The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax and the head are also black. The underside of all parts is yellow.

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Distribution

Graphium aristeus is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from the North of India until Australia.


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

Larval food

Annonaceae:



General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1780 by Stoll. There are five subspecies.

Macro photos

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Graphium aristeus (underside)

Here you can see a macro photo of Graphium aristeus.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Graphium nomius Esper 1799 (Spot Swordtail)

Graphium rhesus Boisduval 1836


Scientific name

Graphium aristeus Stoll 1780


Other names

Chain Swordtail


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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