Papilio nephelus

Papilio nephelus is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1836 by Boisduval. The wingspan is about 10 – 12 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Papilio nephelus is black. It has a chain of white spots on the fore wing. A yellow area dominates the hind wings.



Photos for easy identification

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

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


Description

The fore wings are black. There is a chain of white spots.
The underside of Papilio nephelus is very similar to the upside. At the back edge there is a white spot.

The hind wings of Papilio nephelus are black and they have tails. The edge is wavy. The wing is dominated by a broad, yellow area. 
The underside is black. In the middle of the wing there are many white spots. At the outer edge there is a chain of white spots. 

The body is black. 

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Distribution

Papilio nephelus is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly in many countries. From Nepal to the South of China and from Myanmar to 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 1836  by Boisduval. There are many subspecies.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Papilio nephelus chaon (Yellow Helen).


Macro photos

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Papilio nephelus (upside)
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Papilio nephelus (upside)
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Papilio nephelus (underside)
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Papilio nephelus (underside)

Here you can see some macro photos of Papilio nephelus.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio diophantus Grose-Smith 1883 

Papilio helenus Linnaeus 1758 (Red Helen) 

Papilio iswara White 1842    

Papilio iswaroides Fruhstorfer 1898 

Papilio sataspes C. & R. Felder 1865  


Scientific name

Papilio nephelus Boisduval 1836


Other names

 Yellow Helen, Back and White Helen


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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