Photos for easy identification
The forewings are black. Nearby the body there is a big iridescence blue area which contain one little black spot. In back there is an area of special scales like a pelt. This pelt is typically for male, because the flavours of this pelt should allure the female.
The underside is two coloured. First part is dark brown, powdered by whitish scales and include one light brown spot. 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 blue spots. Nearby the body there is a big iridescence blue area.
The underside is dark brown or black and powdered by whitish scales. The margin is light brown. At the margin there is a chain of tree coloured spots (orange, black 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 Wallace. There are no subspecies.
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 pericles Wallace 1865
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: PERICLES