Graphium cloanthus (Glassy Bluebottle)
Graphium cloanthus, also called Glassy Bluebottle is a very interesting butterfly from . The first description was in 1841 by Westwood. The wingspan is about 8.0 – 9.0 cm. The Glassy Bluebottle is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The butterfly is black with broad and transperant areas on the wing. Hind wings have tails.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are black. In the middle of wing there are some light green spots and a broad light green area. You can show through all light green spots and areas like a window.
The underside is nearly a copy of upside. At the margin there is a grey strip and the ground is dark brown.
The hind wings are black. Nearby the body there is a broad light green area. Next to margin there is a chain of light green spots. You can show through all light green spots and areas like a window.
The underside is nearly a copy of upside. Nearby the body there are two little red spots. Between the greenish area and the greenish spots there are some red spots and the ground is dark brown.
The body is black, but the underside is whitish.
Sex differences: None.
The Glassy Bluebottle (Graphium cloanthus) is a butterfly of the Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The distribution include Celebes, Borneo, Sumatra and the Philippines and it extend from the South of China to the North of India.
- Cinnamomum camphora
- Persea odoratissima
- Persea thunbergii
- Michelia alba
The first description of this butterfly was in 1841 by Westwood. There are only three subspecies.
- Graphium cloanthus clymenus [Leech]
- Graphium cloanthus kuge [Fruhstorfer]
- Graphium cloanthus sumatranum [Hagen, 1894]
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
-no entry- (as at 14.06.2006)
- EU regulation on trading with species of wild Fauna and Flora
-no entry- (as at 19.08.2005)
- IUCN Red List of threatened species:
-no entry- (as at 2004) (see: www. redlist.org/)
Similar and closely-related species
Graphium cloanthus Westwood 1841
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: PAPILIONIDAE
- Subfamily: PAPILIONINAE
- Tribe: PAPILIONINI
- Genus: PAPILIO
- Specific name: CLOANTHUS