Papilio erithonioides

Papilio erithonioides is a simple butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1891 by Grose-Smith. The wingspan is about 8.0 – 10.0 cm. Papilio erithonioides is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The butterfly is dark brown or black with with yellow bands and spots on wings. Hind wings have no tails.




Photos for easy identification

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer

These are nice photos of Papilio erithonioides. Papilio erithonioides is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa).


Description

The forewings are dark brown or black. At the margin there is a chain of little yellow spots. In the middle of wing there is a chain of big yellow spots. At the wing leading edge there are some big yellow spots. Nearby the body there is a yellow pollinated area.
The underside is a copy of upside, but there are some yellow lines nearby the body.

The hind wings are dark brown or black and have very short tails. The margin is ridged. At the margin there are two chains of little yellow spots. In the middle of wing there is a broad yellow band, which contains one big black and blue eye. In back there is a blue, black and red eye.
The underside is copy of upside, but in the middle of wing there is a black blue and brown area. Furthermore there are some yellow lines nearby the body.  

The body is dark brown or black, but there are some yellow lines.

Sex differences: None.


Distribution

Papilio erithonioides is a butterfly of the Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The distribution is restricted to Madagascar.


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 1891 by Grose-Smith. There are no subspecies.

In Africa there are some similar species.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio demodocus Esper 1798 (Citrus butterfly, Orange Dog, Christmas Butterfly)  

Papilio demoleus  Linnaeus 1758 (Lime Butterfly) AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA

Papilio grosesmithi Rothschild 1926


Scientific name

Papilio erithonioides Grose-Smith 1891


Synonym

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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