Graphium glycerion (Spectacle Swordtail)

Graphium glycerion, also called Sixbar Swordtail is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1831 by Gray. The wingspan is about 6 – 7 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Graphium glycerion is white. Some black bars 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 glycerion (Spectacle Swordtail). Graphium glycerion is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

The fore wings are white. Many black bars dominate the wing.
The underside of Graphium glycerion is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is yellowish.

The hind wings of Graphium glycerion are white and they have tails. The edge is wavy. Some black bars dominate the wing. The back part of the wing is black and contains some blue spots. At the inner edge there is a blue eye with orange eye-shadow.  
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is yellowish.

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 glycerion (Spectacle Swordtail) is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from the North of India until China and Thailand.

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 1831 by Gray. There are three subspecies.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Graphium glycerion caschmirensis. The wing span is about 6 cm.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Graphium eurous Leech 1893 (Sixbar Swordtail)

Graphium incerta Bang-Haas 1927

Graphium mandarinus Oberthür 1879

Graphium tamerlana Oberthür 1876


Scientific name

Graphium glycerion Gray 1831


Other names

Spectacle Swordtail


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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