Papilio hoppo

Papilio hoppo is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1908 by Matsumura. The wingspan is about 9 – 10 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Papilio hoppo is black. A blue-violett area and some purple spots dominate the hind wings.



Photos for easy identification

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

Here you can see some photos of Papilio hoppo (male above / female below). Papilio hoppo is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

The fore wings are black. The whole wing is spotted by green scales. In some cases there is a green stripe at the outer edge.
The underside of Papilio hoppo is black. The wing tip and the area around the body are spotted by whitish scales. At the outer edge there is a white band with dark veins.

The hind wings of Papilio hoppo are black and they have tails. The edge is wavy. The wing is dominated by a blue-violett area. The whole wing is spotted by green scales. At the edge there is a chain of purple spots.  
The underside is black. The inner half of the wing is spotted by whitish scales. At the edge there are two chains of purple spots. 

The body is black and it is spotted by green scales.   

Sex differences: The male has no purple spots on the upside. 


Distribution

Papilio hoppo is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. This butterfly is an endemic species from Taiwan.


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 1908 by Matsumura. There are no subspecies.


Macro photos

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; photograph of Papilio hoppo f (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; photograph of Papilio hoppo f (underside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; photograph of Papilio hoppo m (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; photograph of Papilio hoppo m (underside)

Here you can see some macro photos of Papilio hoppo.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio arcturus Westwood 1842 (Arcturus swallowtail, Blue Peacock, Blauer Pfau)

Papilio chikae Igarashi 1965 (Luzon Peacock) 


Scientific name

Papilio hoppo Matsumura 1908


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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