Papilio andraemon (Bahaman Swallowtail)
Papilio andraemon, also called Bahaman Swallowtail is a . The first description was in 1823 by Hübner. The wingspan is about 8– 9 cm. Papilio andraemon is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of this butterfly is brown or dark brown. Yellow bands and spots dominate the wings. The hind wings have tails.
Photos for easy identification
The forewings are brown or dark brown. A broad, yellow band dominates the wing. At the front edge there are three yellow spots.
The underside of Papilio andraemon is yellow. At the outer edge there is a brown band. At the front edge there are two brown spots.
The hind wings of Papilio andraemon are brown or dark brown and they have tails. The edge is wavy. A broad, yellow band dominates the wing. At the outer edge there is a chain of yellow spots. At the inner edge there is a black-red-blue eye-spot.
The underside is yellow. The outer edge is dark brown and contains a chain of yellow spots and a chain of blue spots. In the middle of the wing there is a red spots.
The body (abdomen) is brown. The thorax and the head are brown and they have two yellow stripes. The underside of all parts is yellow.
Sex differences: None.
Papilio andraemon is a butterfly from the Neotropic (South America) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly in USA (Florida), Cuba, Jamaica and the Bahamas.
- Citrus sp.
- Citrus aurantifolia
- Citrus aurantium
- Citrus sinensis
- Ruta graveolens
- Zanthoxylum sp.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1823 by Hübner. There are two subspecies.
- Papilio andraemon bonhotei [Sharpe, 1900]
- Papilio andraemon tailori [Rothschild & Jordan, 1906]
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
- EU regulation on trading with species of wild Fauna and Flora
- IUCN Red List of threatened species:
Similar and closely-related species
Papilio andraemon Hübner 1823
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: PAPILIONIDAE
- Subfamily: PAPILIONINAE
- Tribe: PAPILIONINI
- Genus: PAPILIO
- Specific name: ANDRAEMON