Papilio paris (Paris Peacock, Voilier lustré)

Papilio paris, also called Paris Peacock is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1758 by Linnaeus. The wingspan is about 8 – 10 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Papilio paris is black. A metallic-green area dominates the hind wings.



Photos for easy identification

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer

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


Description

The fore wings are black. The whole wing is spotted by green scales. In some cases there is a green stripe at the outer edge.
The underside of Papilio paris is dark-brown. The wing tip and the area around the body are spotted by whitish scales. At the outer edge there is a white band with dark veins.

The hind wings of Papilio paris are black and they have tails. The edge is wavy. The wing is dominated by a broad, metallic-green area. The whole wing is spotted by green scales. At the inner edge there is a eye-spot.  
The underside is dark-brown. The inner half of the wing is spotted by whitish scales. At the edge there is a chain of red-blue spots. 

The body is black and it is spotted by green scales.   

Sex differences: none  


Distribution

Papilio paris (Paris Peacock) is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from India until China and also from China until Indonesia.


This world map shows the ecozones in which this butterfly is distributed.

Larval food

Rutaceae:

General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1758  by Linnaeus. There are some subspecies.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Papilio paris arjuna.

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 the subspecies Papilio paris chinensis. (male left/ female right)

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

Here you can see the subspecies Papilio paris hermosanus.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Papilio paris tamilana.

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see the subspecies Papilio paris tenggerensis.

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

Here you can see the form Papilio paris f gennifera.

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

Here you can see the form Papilio paris f splendorifer.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio chikae Igarashi 1965 (Luzon Peacock)  

Papilio karna C. & R. Felder (Jungle Jade, Dschungeljade, Jade de Jungle)  


Scientific name

Papilio paris Linnaeus 1758


Other names

Paris Peacock
Paris Pfau
Voilier lustré


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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