Pachliopta atropos

Pachliopta atropos is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1888 by Staudinger. The wingspan is about 8 – 9 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Pachliopta atropos is dark-brown or black. It has darkred spots.



Photos for easy identification

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

Here you can see some photos of Pachliopta atropos (male above / female below). Pachliopta atropos is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

The fore wings are dark-brown. Many white stripes dominate the wing.
The underside of Pachliopta atropos is very similar to the upside.

The hind wings of Pachliopta atropos are black and they have tails. The edge is a little bit wavy. At the edge there is a chain of darkred spots.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But the red spots are bigger and brighter. 

The body (abdomen) is black. Head and thorax are black. All parts of the underside have red hairs.  

Sex differences: The female has no red spots. The tails are longer.


Distribution

Pachliopta atropos is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly on Philippines.


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 1888 by Staudinger. There are three subspecies.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

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Scientific name

Pachliopta atropos Staudinger 1888 
(In some publications also Atrophaneura atropos)


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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