Papilio mahadeva (Burmese Raven)

Papilio mahadeva, also called Burmese Raven is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1879 by Moore. The wingspan is about 8 – 9 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Papilio mahadeva is black. At the edge there are two chains of yellowish spots.



Photos for easy identification

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see some photos of Papilio mahadeva (Burmese Raven). Papilio mahadeva is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

The fore wings are black. At the edge there are some white spots.
The underside of Papilio mahadeva is very similar to the upside.

The hind wings of Papilio mahadeva are black. The edge is wavy. Two chains of yellowish spots dominate the wing.
The underside is very similar to the upside. The basic colour is dark-brown.

The body (abdomen) is black and it has white spots. The thorax is black. The head is black.

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Distribution

Papilio mahadeva is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Myanmar until Indonesia.


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 1879 by Moore. There are three subspecies.

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see the subspecies of Papilio mahadeva mehala. The wingspan is 9 cm.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio castor Westwood 1842

Papilio dravidarum Wood-Mason 1880


Scientific name

Papilio mahadeva Moore 1879 


Other names

Burmese Raven


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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