Papilio androgeus (Androgeus Swallowtail)

Papilio androgeus, also called Androgeus Swallowtail is a butterfly from Neotropic ecozone (South America). The first description was in 1775 by Cramer. The wingspan is about 11 – 12 cm. Papilio androgeus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of this butterfly is dark brown. Broad yellow bands dominate the wings. The 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 Papilio androgeus (male above / female below). Papilio androgeus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Neotropic ecozone (South America).


Description

The forewings are dark brown. A broad yellow band dominates the wing.
The underside of Papilio androgeus is very similar to the upside. But, at the front edge there are some additional yellow tripes.

The hind wings of Papilio androgeus are dark brown and they have tails. The edge is wavy. Next to the body there is a large yellow area. At the outer edge there is a chain of little yellow spots.
The underside is yellow. The outer edge is dark brown and contains chains of red, white and yellow spots.

The body (abdomen) is yellow and has a black stripe. The thorax is black. The head is black and has yellow spots. The underside of all parts is yellow.

Sex differences: The female is very variable. It has no yellow spots, bands or areas. The hind wings have usually blue areas.


Distribution

Papilio androgeus is a butterfly from the Neotropic (South America) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from USA (Florida) and Mexico until Brazil and Argentina.

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

Larval food

Rutaceae:

General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1775 by Cramer. There are two subspecies.

The female is very shy, but it is easy to observe a male.

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 androgeus epidaurus (male left/ female right). The wingspan is about 12 - 13 cm.

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 androgeus laodocus (male left/ female right). The wingspan is about 11 - 12 cm.

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see another females of Papilio androgeus.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio astyalus Godart 1819

Papilio himeros Hopffer 1866

Papilio thersites Fabricius 1775

Papilio thoas Linnaeus 1771


Scientific name

Papilio androgeus Cramer 1775


Other names

 Androgeus Swallowtail, Queen Swallowtail


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

NEOTROPIC (South America)

 

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