Pachliopta polydorus

Pachliopta polydorus is a  butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1763 by Linnaeus. The wingspan is about 8.0 – 10.0 cm. Pachliopta polydorus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The butterfly is black with white and red spots. Hind wings have tails.



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


Description

The fore wings are black, but in large part whitish with black veins. In back there is a whitish area.
The underside is a copy of upside.

The hind wings
are black and have no tails. The margin is ridged. Next to the margin there is a chain of dark-red spots. In the middle of wing there is a big white area, which is divided by black veins.
The underside is a copy of upside, but red spots are brighter than upside.

The body
is black, but the opisthosoma is reddish.

Sex differences: None


Distribution

Pachliopta polydorus is a butterfly of the Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The distribution is include Australia, Papua New Guinea, Tasmania and New Zealand.


This world map shows the ecozones in which this butterfly is distributed.

Larval food

Aristolochia:


General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1763 by Linnaeus. There are many subspecies.

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 the subspecies Pachliopta polydorus godartianus (male left/ female right).

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 the subspecies Pachliopta polydorus novobritannicus  (male left/ female right).

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 the subspecies Pachliopta polydorus polydaemon (male left/ female right).

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 the subspecies Pachliopta polydorus thessalia (male left/ female right).

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 the subspecies Pachliopta polydorus varus (male left/ female right).


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Pachliopta aristolochiae Fabricius 1775 (Common Rose)  


Scientific name

Pachliopta polydorus Linnaeus 1763
(in some publications: Atrophaneura polydorus)


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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