Graphium delessertii (Malayan Zebra)
Graphium delessertii, also called Malayan Zebra is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1839 by Guérin-Méneville. The wingspan is about 8 – 9 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Graphium delessertii is black. Many white stripes dominate the wings.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are black. At the outer edge there are many, white stripes, which contain a black spot. At the inner edge there are four thin white stripes.
The underside of Graphium delessertii is very similar to the upside.
The hind wings of Graphium delessertii are black. The edge is wavy. Many, white stripes dominate the wing. Some of these stripes contain a black spot. At the inner edge there is a orange eye-spot.
The underside is very similar to the upside. The eye-spot is larger.
The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax and the head are black-white-striped.
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Graphium delessertii is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from the Philippines until Indonesia.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1839 by Guérin-Méneville. There are two subspecies.
- Graphium delessertii hyalinus [Fruhstorfer, 1901]
- Graphium delessertii palawanus [Staudinger, 1889]
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
- EU regulation on trading with species of wild Fauna and Flora
- IUCN Red List of threatened species:
Similar and closely-related species
Graphium ideoides Hewitson 1853
Graphium delessertii Guérin-Méneville 1839
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: DELESSERTII