Papilio erskinei

Papilio erskinei is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1886 by Mathew. The wingspan is about 11 – 12 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Papilio erskinei is black and it has yellow spots. A broad, yellow band dominates the hind wing.



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 erskinei (male). Papilio erskinei is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

The fore wings are black. At the edge there is a chain of yellow spots.
The underside of Papilio erskinei is black.Next to the wing-tip there are four white spots.

The hind wings of Papilio erskinei are black. The edge is wavy. A broad, yellow band dominates the wing. At the inner edge there is a red eye.
The underside is black. At the edge there is a chain of red spots. In the middle of the wing there is a fine band of blue scales.

The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax is black. The head is black.

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Distribution

Papilio erskinei is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly on the Salomon Islands.


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 1886 by Mathew. There are no subspecies.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio aegeus Donovan 1805 (Orchard Swallowtail)

Papilio bridgei Mathew 1886


Scientific name

Papilio erskinei Mathew 1886

(In some publications also: Papilio woodfordi erskinei)


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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