Papilio castor (Common Raven)

Papilio castor, also called Common Raven 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. Papilio castor is black and it has white and yellow 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 castor (Common Raven) (male). Papilio castor is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

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.

Sex differences: ---


Distribution

Papilio castor is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly in Cambodia, Vietnam and Taiwan.


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

Larval food

Rutaceae:

Magnoliaceae:

General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1842 by Westwood. There are six subspecies.

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

Here you can see the subspecies of Papilio castor formosanus (male). The wingspan is 10 cm.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio dravidarum Wood-Mason 1880

Papilio mahadeva Moore 1879


Scientific name

Papilio castor Westwood 1842 


Other names

Common Raven


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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