Graphium bathycles (Veined Jay)
Graphium bathycles, also called Veined Jay is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1831 by Zinker. The wingspan is about 6 – 7 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Graphium bathycles is darkbrown or black. There are many, yellow spots on the wings.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are darkbrown or black. At the outer edge there is a chain of little yellow spots. There is also a chain of little yellow spots at the inner edge. In the middle of the wing there is a chain of big yellow spots.
The underside of Graphium bathycles is very similar to the upside. But, all spots are whitish.
The hind wings of Graphium bathycles are darkbrown or black. The edge is wavy. At the outer edge there is a chain of little yellow spots. Next to the body there is a big yellow area with black veins. In the middle of the wing there is a lone, tiny, yellow spot.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, there are some additional orange spots.
The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax and the head are also black. The underside of all parts is yellow.
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Graphium bathycles is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from the South of China and Myanmar until Indonesia and the Philippines.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1831 by Zinker. There is only one subspecies.
- Graphium bathycles bathycloides [Honrath, 1884]
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 bathycles Zinker 1831
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: BATHYCLES