Graphium philonoe (White-dappled Swallowtail)
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are black. Many white spots dominate the wing.
The underside of Graphium philonoe is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown.
The hind wings of Graphium philonoe are black. The edge is wavy. At the outer edge there is a chain of little white spots. Next to the body there is a large white area with black veins.
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. The underside of all parts is white.
Sex differences: ---
- Annona sp.
- Artabotrys sp.
- Monodora sp.
- Uvaria sp.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1873 by Ward. There is only one subspecies.
- Graphium philonoe whalleyi [Talbot, 1929]
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 philonoe Ward 1873
White-Dappled Swallowtail, Eastern Graphium, Eastern White-Lady Swordtail
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: PHILONOE