Graphium doson (Common Jay)

Graphium doson, also called Common Jay is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1864 by C. & R. Felder. The wingspan is about 7 – 8 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Graphium doson is black. Greenish spots dominate the wings.



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 doson (Common Jay). Graphium doson is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

The fore wings are black. At the outer edge and at the inner edge there is a chain of little greenish spots. In the middle of the wing there is a chain of large greenish spots.
The underside of Graphium doson is very similar to the upside. But the basic colour is brown and all spots are pale.

The hind wings of Graphium doson are black. The edge is wavy. At the outer edge there is a chain of little greenish spots. Next to the body there is a large greenish area which contains only one black strip.   
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, there are some additional red spots. 

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

Sex differences: ---


Distribution

Graphium doson is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from the India until Japan and Indonesia.


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

Larval food

Annonaceae:

Magnoliaceae:

General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1864 by C. & R. Felder. There are many subspecies.

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

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

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

Here you can see the subspecies Graphium doson eurypylides. The wingspan is about 6 - 7 cm.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Graphium doson mikado. The wingspan is about 4 - 5 cm.

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

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

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

Here you can see the abberation Graphium doson axion ab acheron. The wingspan is about 6 - 7 cm.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Graphium chironides Honrath 1884

Graphium bathycles Zinken 1831 (Veined Jay)

Graphium evemon Boisduval 1836 (Lesser Jay)


Scientific name

Graphium doson C. & R. Felder 1864


Other names

Common Jay


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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