Pachliopta pandiyana

Pachliopta pandiyana is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1881 by Moore. The wingspan is about 10 – 11 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Pachliopta pandiyana is black. It has red and white spots on the wings.



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 pandiyana (male above / female below). Pachliopta pandiyana is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

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.


Distribution

Pachliopta pandiyana is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly in India.


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 1881 by Moore. There are no subspecies.

Pachliopta pandiyana is strictly protected. It is listed in the appendix II from CITES.


Macro photos

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Pachliopta pandiyana m (upside)
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Pachliopta pandiyana m (underside)
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Pachliopta pandiyana f (upside)
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Pachliopta pandiyana f (underside)

Here you can see some macro photos of Pachliopta pandiyana.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Pachliopta jophon Gray 1852 (Sri Lankan Rose)

Pachliopta mariae Semper 1878

Scientific name

Pachliopta pandiyana Moore 1881 
(In some publications Atrophaneura pandiyana!)


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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