Papilio castor (Common Raven)
Papilio castor, also called Common Raven is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1842 by Westwood. The wingspan is about 10 – 11 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Papilio castor is black and it has white and yellow spots.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are black.
The underside of Papilio acheron is black. At the edge there are some white spots.
The hind wings of Papilio acheron are black. The edge is wavy. Four yellow spots dominate the wing.
The underside is very similar to the upside. At the edge there is a chain of white spots.
The body (abdomen) is black and it has white spots. The thorax is black. The head is black.
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Papilio castor is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly in Cambodia, Vietnam and Taiwan.
- Glycosmis parviflora
- Glycosmis pentaphylla
- Murraya crenulata
- Murraya paniculata
- Toddalia asiatica
- Michelia compressa
The first description of this butterfly was in 1842 by Westwood. There are six subspecies.
- Papilio castor dioscurus [Jordan, 1909]
- Papilio castor formosanus [Rothschild]
- Papilio castor hamelus [Crowly]
- Papilio castor kanlanpanus [?]
- Papilio castor khmer [Boullet & Le Cerf, 1912]
- Papilio castor phanrangensis [Fruhstorfer, 1901]
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
-No entry- (as at 12.02.2008)
- EU regulation on trading with species of wild Fauna and Flora
-No entry- (as at 19.08.2005)
- IUCN Red List of threatened species:
-No entry- (as at 2008)
Similar and closely-related species
Papilio dravidarum Wood-Mason 1880
Papilio castor Westwood 1842
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: CASTOR