Papilio dialis is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1893 by Leech. The wingspan is about 10 – 11 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Papilio dialis is black. At the hind wings there is a chain of purple spots.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are black. At the outer edge there are many brown stripes. One part of the wing is spotted by green scales.
The underside of Papilio dialis is brown. The veins are dark-brown.
The hind wings of Papilio dialis are black and they have tails. The edge is wavy. The whole wing is spotted by green scales. At the edge there is a chain of purple spots.
The underside is dark-brown. The inner half of the wing is spotted by whitish scales. At the edge there is a chain of red spots.
The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax and the head are also black. The upside of all parts is spotted by green scales.
Sex differences: The basic colour of the female is dark-brown. At the upside of the hind wings there is a small blue area.
Papilio dialis is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Myanmar until Taiwan.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1893 by Leech. There are three subspecies.
- Papilio dialis andronicus [Fruhstorfer, 1909]
- Papilio dialis cataleucus [Rothschild]
- Papilio dialis schanus [Jordan, 1909]
Here you can see some macro photos of Papilio dialis.
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
-no entry- (as at 22.05.2009)
- EU regulation on trading with species of wild Fauna and Flora
-no entry- (as at 07.07.2009)
- IUCN Red List of threatened species:
-no entry- (as at 2009)
Similar and closely-related species
Papilio dialis Leech 1893
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: DIALIS