Graphium illyris (Cream-Banded Swordtail)
Graphium illyris, also called Cream-Banded Swordtail is a . The first description was in 1873 by Hewitson. The wingspan is about 9 – 10 cm. Graphium illyrisis a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of this butterfly is darkbrown or black. Yellowish bands dominate the wings. The hind wings have long tails.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are darkbrown or black. One yellowish band dominates the wing.
The underside of Graphium illyris is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown.
The hind wings of Graphium illyris are black and they have long tails. The edge is wavy. One yellowish band dominates the wing. At the outer edge there is a chain of yellowish spots.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, there are additional red spots.
The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax and the head are black. The underside of all parts is yellowish.
Sex differences: ---
The first description of this butterfly was in 1873 by Hewitson. There are three subspecies.
- Graphium illyris flavisparsus [Fruhstorfer, 1903]
- Graphium illyris girardeaui [Guilbot & Plantrou, 1978]
- Graphium illyris hamatus [Joicey & Talbot, 1918]
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 illyris Hewitson 1873
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: ILLYRIS