Papilio polyctor (Common Peacock)
Papilio polyctor, also called Common Peacock is a
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are black. At the outer edge there is a green band.
The underside of Papilio polyctor is dark-brown. The veins are black.
The hind wings of Papilio polyctor are black and they have broad tails. The edge is wavy. A blue area dominates the wing. In the middle of the wing there is a green band.
The underside is dark-brown. At the outer edge there is a chain of red spots.
The body is black or dark-brown.
Sex differences: ---
Papilio polyctor (Common Peacock) is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can meet this butterfly from India to the South of China and to Thailand.
- Clausena willdenowii
- Zanthoxylum acanthopodium
- Zanthoxylum alatum
- Zanthoxylum oxyphyllum
- Zanthoxylum rhetsa
The first description of this butterfly was in 1836 by Boisduval. There are three subspecies.
- Papilio polyctor significans [Fruhstorfer]
- Papilio polyctor stockleyi [Gabriel, 1936]
- Papilio polyctor xiei [Chou, 1994]
Macro - photos
Here you can see some macro photos of Papilio polyctor.
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
- EU regulation on trading with species of wild Fauna and Flora:
- IUCN Red List of threatened species:
Similar and closely-related species
Papilio polyctor Boisduval 1836
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: POLYCTOR