Meandrusa gyas (Brown Gorgon)
Meandrusa gyas, also called Brown Gorgon is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1841 by Westwood. The wingspan is about 8 - 11 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Meandrusa gyas is brown.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are brown. At the outer edge there is a chain of little, yellow spots.
The underside of Meandrusa gyas is brown. Next to the body there is a dark-brown area. At the front edge there is a dark-brown spot.
The hind wings of Meandrusa gyas are brown and they have tails. The edge is wavy. At the outer edge there is a chain of little, yellow spots. At the inner edge there is a blue spot.
The underside is brown. Next to the body and in the middle of the wing there are dark-brown areas.
The body (abdomen) is brown. The thorax and the head are also brown. The underside of all parts is yellowish.
Sex differences: The female is significant-larger than the male. A broad, white band dominates the wings.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1841 by Westwood. There are no subspecies.
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:
Meandrusa gyas Westwood 1841
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: PAPILIONIDAE
- Subfamilie: PAPILIONINAE
- Tribe: LEPTOCIRCINI
- Genus: MEANDRUSA
- Specific name: GYAS