Papilio elephenor (Yellow-crested Spangle)

Papilio elephenor, also called Yellow-crested Spangleis a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1845 by Doubleday. The wingspan is about 10 – 11 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Papilio elephenor is dark-brown or black. It has blue-green scales and red spots on the hind wings.



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 elephenor (Yellow-crested Spangle) (male). Papilio elephenor is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

The fore wings are dark-brown. The veins are black.
The underside of Papilio elephenor is very similar to the upside.

The hind wings of Papilio elephenor are black. The edge is a little bit wavy. At the whole wing there are many blue-green scales. At the inner edge there is a red eye-spot.
The underside is black. At the edge there is a chain of red spots.

The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax is black. The head is yellow. The underside of the abdomen is yellow.

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Distribution

Papilio elephenor is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly in the North of India.


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 1845 by Doubleday. There are no subspecies.


Macro photos

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

Here you can see a macro photo of Papilio elephenor.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

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Scientific name

Papilio elephenor Doubleday 1845


Other names

Yellow-crested Spangle


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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