Papilio bootes (Tailed Redbreast)

Papilio bootes, also called Tailed Redbreast is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1842 by Westwood. The wingspan is about 10 – 11 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Papilio bootes is dark-brown or black. It has white and red spots.



Photos for easy identification

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

Here you can see some photos of Papilio bootes (Tailed Redbreast). Papilio bootes is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

The fore wings are dark-brown. The veins are black.
The underside of Papilio bootes is very similar to the upside. Next to the body there is a red spot.

The hind wings of Papilio bootes are black and they have tails. The edge is wavy. The tails have two little white spots. At the edge there are some red spots. In the middle of the wing there are two white spots.
The underside is very similar to the upside. All red parts are more strongly  pronouncedly than the same parts on upside. Next to the body there are some red spots.

The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax is black. The head is red. The underside of the abdomen is red.

Sex differences: ---


Distribution

Papilio bootes is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from India to the South of China.


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 1842 by Westwood. There are four subspecies.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Papilio bootes janaka.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Papilio bootes nigricans.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Atrophaneura dasarada Moore 1857 (Great Windmill)

Papilio alcmenor (Redbreast)


Scientific name

Papilio bootes Westwood 1842


Other names

Tailed Redbreast


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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