Graphium evemon (Lesser Jay)

Graphium evemon, also called Lesser Jay is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1836 by Boisduval. The wingspan is about 8 – 9 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Graphium evemon is black. There are many, yellow or greenish spots on 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 evemon (Lesser Jay).Graphium evemon 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 green spots. There is also a chain of tiny yellow or green spots at the inner edge. In the middle of the wing there is a chain of big yellow or green spots.
The underside of Graphium evemon is very similar to the upside.

The hind wings of Graphium evemon are black. The edge is wavy. At the outer edge there is a chain of tiny yellow or green spots. Next to the body there is a big yellow or green area.
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 yellow.

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Distribution

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

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 1836 by Boisduval. There are four subspecies.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Graphium evemon eventus. The wing span is about 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 evemon orithia. The wing span is about 7 cm.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Graphium bathycles Zinker 1831 (Veined Jay)

Graphium chironides Honrath 1884

Graphium doson C. & R. Felder 1864 (Common Jay)

Graphium eurypylus Linnaeus 1758 (Great Jay)


Scientific name

Graphium evemon Boisduval 1836


Other names

Lesser Jay


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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