Papilio bianor

Papilio bianor is a wonderful butterfly from the Palaearctic ecozone (Asia). The first description was in 1777 by Cramer. The wingspan is about 10.0 – 12.0 cm. Papilio bianor is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The butterfly is black and it has many luminous scales. Hind wings have tails.




Photos for easy identification

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

Here you can see some nice photos of Papilio bianor (male). Papilio bianor is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Palaearctic (Asia).


Description

The forewings are black. The entire wing is littered with innumerable  individual green scales. At the edge are dark veins and strip.
The underside is brown. The outside half of the wing is white and contains innumerable brown strips and veins.

The hind wings of Papilio bianor are black and have tails. The margin is ridged. The front half of the wing is littered with innumerable  individual blue oder violett scales. The rear half of the wing is littered with innumerable  individual green scales. At the edge there is a chain of big spots, which can be colored different. In the rear part there is a magenta eye.
The underside is dark-brown. The inner half of the wing is littered with innumerable  individual white scales. At the edge there is a chain of red or magenta spots.

The body is black and it has some green scales.

Sex differences: Only the male has the hairy areas on the upside of forewings.


Distribution

Papilio bianor is a butterfly of the Palaearctic ecozone (Asia) and the Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The distribution extend from the Southeast of Russia to China, Japan, Myanmar and Thailand.


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 1777 by Cramer. There are many subspecies.

The status of some of these subspecies is disputed. The former subspecies Papilio bianor dehaanii C & Fields, 1864 already one explained as an independent species (Papilio dehaani).

Papilio bianor ganesa

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

Here you can see the subspecies Papilio bianor ganesa.

Papilio bianor kotoensis

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 bianor kotoensis (male left/ female right).

Papilio bianor piratanei

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

Here you can see the subspecies Papilio bianor piratanei.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio dehaanii C & Felder 1864  

Papilio maackii Ménétries 1859  


Scientific name

Papilio bianor Cramer 1777


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

Th family tree (Genus: PAPILIO)...   


Ecozone

PALAEARCTIC (Asia)

  

 

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