Pachliopta jophon (Sri Lankan Rose)
Pachliopta jophon, also called Sri Lankan Rose is a . The first description was in 1852 by Gray. The wingspan is about 11 – 12 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Pachliopta jophon is black. It has red spots and white areas on the wings. The females have bigger white spots and stripes than the males.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are black. In the middle of the wing, there are many white stripes.
The underside of Pachliopta jophon is very similar to the upside. But, the white stripes are bigger than upside.
The hind wings of Pachliopta jophon are black and they have tails. The edge is wavy. In the middle of the wing, there are some big, white spots. At the edge there is a chain of dark-red 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. Some parts of the underside of head and abdomen have red hairs.
Sex differences: The female covers the upper range of the wing-span. The females have bigger white spots and stripes than the males.
Pachliopta jophon (Sri Lankan Rose) is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly in Sri Lanka.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1852 by Gray. There are no subspecies.
Pachliopta jophon (Sri Lankan Rose) is strictly protected. It is listed in the appendix II from CITES.
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
-Appendix II- (as at 12.02.2008)
- EU regulation on trading with species of wild Fauna and Flora:
-Appendix B- (as at 19.08.2005)
- IUCN Red List of threatened species:
-strongly endangered- (as at 2008)
Pachliopta jophon Gray 1852
(In some publications also Atrophaneura jophon!)
Sri Lankan Rose, Ceylon Rose
Sri Lanka Rosenschmetterling, Rose von Ceylon
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: PAPILIONIDAE
- Subfamilie: PAPILIONINAE
- Tribe: TROIDINI
- Genus: PACHLIOPTA
- Specific name: JOPHON