Papilio gigon

Papilio gigon is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1864 by C. & R. Felder. The wingspan is about 12 – 13 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Papilio gigon is black. A chain of yellow spots 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 gigon. Papilio gigon is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

The fore wings are black. A chain of yellow spots dominates the wing. At the wing leading edge there are four fine yellow lines.
The underside of Papilio gigon is very similar to the upside. The basic colour is dark-brown. At the wing leading edge there are some thin, yellow stripes. There are some fine yellow lines at the wing.

The hind wings of Papilio gigon are black and they have tails. The edge is wavy. The wing is dominated by a yellow band. At the outer edge there is a chain of yellow spots. At the inner edge there is a eye-spot.  
The underside is black. Next to the body the wing is spotted by yellow scales. Two yellow bands dominate the wing. Between these yellow bands there is a blue wavy line and some orange veins. 

The body is black, but the underside is yellow.   

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Distribution

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


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

Larval food

Rutaceae:

General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1864  by C. & R. Felder. There are two subspecies.

Macro photos

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

Here you can see some macro photos of Papilio gigon.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio demolion Cramer 1776 (Banded Swallowtail)    
 

Scientific name

Papilio gigon C. & R. Felder 1864 


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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