Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are black. In the middle of the wing, there are many white stripes.
The underside of Pachliopta pandiyana is very similar to the upside.
The hind wings of Pachliopta pandiyana are black and they have tails. The edge is wavy. In the middle of the wing, there is a big, white area with black veins. 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, thorax and abdomen have red hairs.
Sex differences: The female covers the upper range of the wing-span.
Pachliopta pandiyana is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly in India.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1881 by Moore. There are no subspecies.
Pachliopta pandiyana is strictly protected. It is listed in the appendix II from CITES.
Here you can see some macro photos of Pachliopta pandiyana.
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:
-no entry- (as at 2008)
Similar and closely-related species
Pachliopta pandiyana Moore 1881
(In some publications Atrophaneura pandiyana!)
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: PANDIYANA