Papilio lorquinianus (Sea Green Swallowtail, Meergrüner Schwalbenschwanz, Machaon Vert Marin)

Papilio lorquinianus also called Sea Green Swallowtail is a great butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1865 by C. & R. Felder. With a wingspan of 9.0 – 11.0 cm Papilio pericles is a medium member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The butterfly is black with iridescence turquoise and green areas. Hind wings have 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 lorquinianus (Sea Green Swallowtail, Meergrüner Schwalbenschwanz, Machaon Vert Marin). Papilio lorquinianus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia).


Description

The forewings are black. Nearby the body there is a big iridescence turquoise and green area, which contain one little black spot. The pinion is powdered by green scales. In back there is an area of special scales like a pelt. This pelt is typically for the male, because the flavours of this pelt should allure the female.
The underside is two coloured. First part is dark brown and powdered by whitish scales. Second part is light brown and has dark veins.

The hind wings are black and have tails. The margin is ridged. At the margin there is a chain of greenish spots. Nearby the body there is a very big iridescence turquoise and green area.
The underside is dark brown and powdered by whitish scales. The margin is light brown. At the margin there is a chain of tree coloured spots (orange, dark brown and blue).

The body is dark brown and powdered by blue scales.

Sex differences: None


Distribution

The Sea Green Swallowtail (Papilio lorquinianus) is a butterfly of the Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The distribution is extend from Philippines and Malaysia to Indonesia (Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Celebes).


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 1865 by C. & R. Felder. There are some subspecies.

Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio blumei [Boisduval, 1836] (Peacock, Pfau, Le Paon)

Papilio buddha [Westwood, 1872] (Malabar Banded Peacock)

Papilio peranthus [Fabricius, 1787]  

Papilio pericles [
Wallace, 1865]  


Scientific name

Papilio lorquinianus C. & R. Felder 1865


Synonym

 Sea green swallowtail
 Meergrüner Schwalbenschwanz
 Machaon vert marin

Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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