Graphium eurypylus (Great Jay)

Graphium eurypylus, also called Great Jay is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1758 by Linnaeus. The wingspan is about 7 – 8 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Graphium eurypylus is black. A large number of yellow or 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 eurypylus (Great Jay). Graphium eurypylus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

The fore wings are black. At the outer edge there is a chain of tiny yellow or greenish spots. At the inner edge there is a chain of longish spots. In the middle of the wing there is a chain of big yellow or greenish spots.
The underside of Graphium eurypylus is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is dark-brown. The spots are pale.

The hind wings of Graphium eurypylus are black. The edge is wavy. At the outer edge there is a chain of tiny yellow or greenish spots. Next to the body there is a big yellow or greenish area.  
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, there are some additional red spots.

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

Sex differences: ---


Distribution

Graphium eurypylus is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly in the whole ecozone.

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 1758 by Linnaeus. There are a lot of subspecies.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Graphium eurypylus lycaon. The wingspan is about 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 eurypylus mecisteus. The wingspan is about 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 eurypylus pamphylus.The wingspan is about 9 cm.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Graphium eurypylus sallastius. The wingspan is about 7 cm.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Graphium bathycles Zinker 1831 Veined Jay

Graphium meyeri Hopffer 1847


Scientific name

Graphium eurypylus Linnaeus 1758


Other names

Great Jay


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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