Graphium rhesus (Rhesus Swallowtail)

Graphium rhesus, also called Rhesus Swallowtail is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1836 by Boisduval. The wingspan is about 7.0 – 8.0 cm. The Rhesus Swallowtail is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The butterfly is black with many white stripes. Hind wings have very long tails.



Photos for easy classification and 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 rhesus (Rhesus Swallowtail). Graphium rhesus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia).


Description

The fore wings are black. There are five white stripes on wing. Three of these are thin and the other one are broad.
The underside is nearly a copy of upside, but the ground is dark brown.

The hind wings
are black and have very long tails. The margin is ridged. There are two broad white spites on wing. Next to the margin there is a chain of white spots. In back the wing is powdered by white scales.
The underside is nearly a copy of upside, but there is a red line between the two white stripes.

The body
is black.

Sex differences:
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Distribution

The Rhesus Swallowtail (Graphium rhesus) is a butterfly of the Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). You can observ this butterfly from the Philippines until Malaysia and 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 1836 by Boisduval. There are only three subspecies.

Macro photos

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 20.08.2006, macro photograph of Graphium rhesus (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 20.08.2006, macro photograph of Graphium rhesus (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 20.08.2006, macro photograph of Graphium rhesus (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 20.08.2006, macro photograph of Graphium rhesus (underside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 20.08.2006, macro photograph of Graphium rhesus (underside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 20.08.2006, macro photograph of Graphium rhesus (underside)

Here you can see some macro photos of Graphium rhesus.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Graphium aristeus Stoll 1780 (Chain Swordtail)


Scientific name

Graphium rhesus Boisduval 1836


Synonym

 Rhesus Swallowtail


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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