Graphium megarus (Spotted Zebra)

Graphium megarus, also called Spotted Zebra is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1844 by Westwood. The wingspan is about 7 – 8 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Graphium megarus is dark-brown. Many white spots and stripes dominate the fore 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 megarus (Spotted Zebra). Graphium megarus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

The fore wings are dark-brown. Many white stripes and spots dominate the wing.
The underside of Graphium megarus is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown.

The hind wings of Graphium megarus are brown. The edge is wavy. Many white stripes and spots dominate the wing.  
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown.

The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax and the head are black-white-striped. The underside of all parts is black-white-striped.

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Distribution

Graphium megarus is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Myanmar until Indonesia.

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 1844 by Westwood. There are five subspecies.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Graphium megarus megapenthes. The wingspan is about 5 - 6 cm.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Graphium macareus Godart 1819


Scientific name

Graphium megarus Westwood 1844


Other names

Spotted Zebra


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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