Papilio inopinatus is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1883 by Butler. The wingspan is about 11 – 14 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Papilio inopinatus is black. A big, yellow area dominates the hind wing.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are black. A yellow band dominates the wing.
The underside of Papilio inopinatus is very similar to the upside.
The hind wings of Papilio inopinatus are black. The edge is wavy. A yellow area dominates the wing. At the inner edge there is a red eye.
The underside is black. At the inner edge there is a red eye. In the middle of the wing there are some fine spots of blue scales.
The body (abdomen) is dark-brown. The thorax is dark-brown. The head is dark-brown.
Sex differences: The basic colour of the female is dark-brown. A broad white band dominates the fore wing. At the edge of the hind wings there is a chain of red spots. At the underside of the hind wings there is a chain of blue spots too.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1883 by Butler. There are no subspecies.
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
-No entry- (as at 12.02.2008)
- EU regulation on trading with species of wild Fauna and Flora
-No entry- (as at 19.08.2005)
- IUCN Red List of threatened species:
-No entry- (as at 2008)
Similar and closely-related species
Papilio inopinatus Bulter 1883
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: PAPILIONIDAE
- Subfamily: PAPILIONINAE
- Tribe: PAPILIONINI
- Genus: PAPILIO
- Specific name: INOPINATUS