Papilio pericles

Papilio pericles is also a very nice butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1865 by Wallace. With a wingspan of 7.0 – 9.0 cm Papilio pericles is a small member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The butterfly is black with iridescence blue areas. Hind wings have broad tails.




Photos for easy identification

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

These are nice photos of Papilio pericles (male). Papilio pericles is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia).


Description

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


Distribution

Papilio peranthus is a butterfly of the Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). You can observe this butterfly in Timor.


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 1865 by Wallace. There are no subspecies.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio lorquinianus [C. & R. Felder, 1865] (Sea Green Swallowtail, Meergrüner Schwalbenschwanz, Machaon Vert Marin)  

Papilio peranthus [Fabricius, 1787]  

Papilio ulysses [Linnaeus, 1758] (Mountain Blue, Odysseusfalter, Empereur Bleu)


Scientific name

Papilio pericles Wallace 1865


Synonym

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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