Papilio diophantus

Papilio diophantus is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1883 by Grose-Smith. The wingspan is about 9 – 10 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Papilio diophantus is black. A broad, yellow area dominates the wings.



Photos for easy identification

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

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


Description

The fore wings are black. The wing tip is dark-brown and the veins are black. 
The underside of Papilio diophantus  is nearly a copy of upside. The basic colour is dark-brown. At the wing leading edge the veins are yellow. At the outer edge there are many, yellow stripes.

The hind wings of Papilio diophantus are black and they have tails. The edge is wavy. The wing is dominated by a broad, yellow area. 
The underside is dark-brown. The wing is dominated by a broad, yellow area. Next to the body there are two red stripes. 

The body is black, but the underside is dark-brown.   

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Distribution

Papilio diophantus is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly in Indonesia.


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

Larval food

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General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1883  by Grose-Smith. There are no subspecies.


Macro photos

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Papilio diophantus (upside)
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Papilio diophantus (underside)
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Papilio diophantus (underside)

Here you can see some macro photos of Papilio diophantus.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio helenus Linnaeus 1758 (Red Helen) 

Papilio iswara White 1842  

Papilio iswaroides Fruhstorfer 1898 

Papilio nephelus Boisduval 1836 

Papilio sataspes C. & R. Felder 1865  


Scientific name

Papilio diophantus Grose-Smith 1883


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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