Papilio oenomaus

Papilio oenomaus is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1819 by Godart. The wingspan is about 12 – 13 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Papilio oenomaus is black and it has red spots. A yellow band dominates the fore wing.



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 oenomaus (male). Papilio oenomaus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

The fore wings are black. A yellow band dominates the wing.
The underside of Papilio oenomaus is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is dark-brown. Next to the body there is a red spot.

The hind wings of Papilio oenomaus are black and they have tails. The edge is wavy.
The underside is black. Next to the body there are three red spots. At the edge there is a chain of red spots.

The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax is black. The head is black.

Sex differences: The fore wings of the female are light-brown and they have black veins. There are red spots at the upside of the hind wings.


Distribution

Papilio oenomaus is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly on Timor and some islands of 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 1819 by Godart. There is only one subspecies.

Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

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Scientific name

Papilio oenomaus Godart 1819


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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