Graphium decolor

Graphium decolor is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1888 by Staudinger. The wingspan is about 7 – 8 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Graphium decolor is white or yellowish. Some black bars dominate the fore 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 decolor. Graphium decolor is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

The fore wings are two coloured. The inner part of the wing is white or yellowish and contains four black bars. Between the black bars there is a greenish area. The outer part of the wing is black and contains two yellowish stripes.
The underside of Graphium decolor is very similar to the upside. But, the outer part of the wing is dark-brown.

The hind wings of Graphium decolor are two coloured and they have long tails. The edge is wavy. The inner part of the wing is white or yellowish and contains one black bar. Some black spots from the underside shine through the wing. The outer part of the wing is black.   
The underside is two coloured. The inner part of the wing is greenish and contains two black bars and one chain of black spots. The outer part of the wing is yellowish and contains a chain of black-orange spots. The outer edge is black.

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

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Distribution

Graphium decolor is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from the Philippines until Indonesia.


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

Larval food

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General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1888 by Staudinger. There are six subspecies.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Graphium decolor tigris. The wingspan is about 7 - 8 cm.


Macro photos

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

Here you can see some macro photos of Graphium decolor.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Graphium antiphates Cramer 1775 (Fivebar Swordtail)

Graphium epaminondas Oberthür 1879


Scientific name

Graphium decolor Staudinger 1888


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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