Papilio aegeus (Orchard Swallowtail, Garten Schwalbenschwanz)

Papilio aegeus, also called Orchard Swallowtail is a simple coloured butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1805 by Donovan. With a wingspan of 10.0 – 12.0 cm the Orchard Swallowtail is a big member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The butterfly is black with areas on wing. Hind wings have no tails.



Photos for easy identification

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer

These are nice photos of Papilio aegeus ormenus (Orchard Swallowtail, Garten Schwalbenschwanz) (male). Papilio aegeus ormenus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia).


Description

The forewings are black. In the pinion there is a white stripe.
The underside is a copy of upside, but the pinion is lighter than upside.

The hind wings are black and have no tails. The margin is ridged. In the middle of wing there is a broad white area.
The underside is black. In back there are some red spots. There are a chain of little whitish spots on wing.

The body is black.

Sex differences: The female has more white on forewings. On hind wings there are a chain of red spots and a chain of blue spots. Underside is a copy of upside.


Macro photos

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 20.08.2006, macro photograph of Papilio aegeus (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 20.08.2006, macro photograph of Papilio aegeus (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 20.08.2006, macro photograph of Papilio aegeus (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 20.08.2006, macro photograph of Papilio aegeus (upside)

Here you can see some macro photos of Papilio aegeus (female).


Distribution

The Orchard Swallowtail (Papilio aegeus) is a butterfly of the Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The distribution include Papua New Guinea and whole Australia.


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 1805 by Donovan . There are some 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 Papilio aegeus keianus  male left/ female right). The wingspan is about 12 - 13 cm.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio euchenor [Guérin-Méneville, 1829] (Mellow Yellow, Kräftiggelber Schwalbenschwanz, Jaune Moelleux)


Scientific name

Papilio aegeus Donovan 1805


Synonym

 Orchard Swallowtail
Garten Schwalbenschwanz


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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