Papilio blumei (Peacock, Pfau, Le Paon)

Papilio blumei, also called Peacock is a very great butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1836 by Boisduval. With a wingspan of 12.0 – 14.0 cm the Peacock is a big member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The butterfly is black with iridescence green bands and spots. Hind wings have broad 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 blume (Peacock). Papilio blume is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia).


Description

The forewings are black and powdered by green scales. In the middle of wind there is a very broad green band.
The underside is two coloured. First part is dark brown and powdered by whitish scales. Second part is whitish and has dark veins.

The hind wings are black and have broad green tails. The margin is ridged. At the margin there is a chain of big green spots. Nearby the body the black wing is powdered by green scales. Next to this there is a green band.
The underside is dark brown or black and powdered by whitish scales. At the margin there is a chain of big whitish spots

The body is dark brown and powdered by green scales.

Sex differences: None


Macro photos

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 26.08.2006, macro photograph of Papilio blumei (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 26.08.2006, macro photograph of Papilio blumei (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 26.08.2006, macro photograph of Papilio blumei (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 26.08.2006, macro photograph of Papilio blumei (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 26.08.2006, macro photograph of Papilio blumei (underside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 26.08.2006, macro photograph of Papilio blumei (underside)

Here you can see some macro photos of  the Peacock (Papilio blumei).


Distribution

The Peacock (Papilio blumei) is a butterfly of the Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The distribution include Papua New Guinea, Celebes, Borneo, Philippines and Sumatra.


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 1836 by Boisduval . There is only one subspecies.

Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio crino [Fabricius, 1793] (Common Banded Peacock)

Papilio buddha [Westwood, 1872] (Malabar Banded Peacock)

Papilio lorquinianus [C. & R. Felder, 1865] (Sea Green Swallowtail, Meergrüner Schwalbenschwanz, Machaon Vert Marin)    


Scientific name

Papilio blumei Boisduval 1836


Synonym

Peacock
 Pfau
 Le Paon
 Павлин


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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