Papilio lorquinianus (Sea Green Swallowtail, Meergrüner Schwalbenschwanz, Machaon Vert Marin)
Papilio lorquinianus also called Sea Green Swallowtail is a great . 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
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
The first description of this butterfly was in 1865 by C. & R. Felder. There are some subspecies.
- Papilio lorquinianus albertisi [Oberthür]
- Papilio lorquinianus esmae
- Papilio lorquinianus gelina [Jordan]
- Papilio lorquinianus phillipus [Jordan]
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
-no entry- (as at 14.06.2006)
- 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 2004) (see: www.redlist.org/)
Similar and closely-related species
Papilio lorquinianus C. & R. Felder 1865
Sea green swallowtail
Machaon vert marin
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: LORQUINIANUS