Graphium nomius (Spot Swordtail)
Graphium nomius, also called Spot Swordtail is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1799 by Esper. The wingspan is about 6 – 7 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Graphium nomius is white. Black stripes dominate the wings.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are white. Five black stripes dominate the wing. The outer edge of the wing is black and contains a chain of white spots.
The underside of Graphium nomius is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is yellowish. And the stripes and the outer edge are brown.
The hind wings of Graphium nomius are white and they have long tails. The edge is wavy. In the middle of the wing there are two black stripes. A red band from the underside of the wing shine-through the wing. The outer edge is black and contains a chain of white spots.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is yellowish. Next to the wing there is a brown stripe. The outer edge is brown. A red band dominates the wing.
The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax and the head are black-yellow-striped. The underside of the abdomen is yellow.
Sex differences: ---
Graphium nomius is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from India until Malaysia.
- Miliusa tomentosa
- Polyalthia longifolia
- Pandanus tectorius
The first description of this butterfly was in 1799 by Esper. There are two subspecies.
- Graphium nomius hainana [Chou, 1994]
- Graphium nomius swinhoei [Moore, 1878]
Here you can see some macro photos of Graphium nomius swinhoei.
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 nomius Esper 1799
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: NOMIUS