Photos for easy identification
The forewings are black. At the margin there is a chain of little white spots. In the middle of wing there is a bizarre chain of white spots like a backbone. At the wing leading edge there is a big white spot.
The underside is a copy of upside, but the ground is brown and the big white spot from upside is now a short strip.
The hind wings are black and have long tails. At the margin there is a chain of little white spots. In the middle of wing there is a sequel to the bizarre chain from forewings. In back there is a blue, black and orange eye. The top on tail is white.
The underside is copy of upside, but the ground is brown.
The body is black.
Sex differences: The female has only a thin big white spot on forewings.
Here you can see some macro photographs of Papilio delalandei.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1823 by Godart. There are no subspecies.
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
- EU regulation on trading with species of wild Fauna and Flora
- IUCN Red List of threatened species:
Similar and closely-related species
Papilio delalandei Godart 1823
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: DELALANDEI