Papilio polymnestor (Blue Mormon, Blauer Pfau)

Papilio polymnestor, also called Blue Mormon is a very impressive butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1775 by Cramer. The wingspan is about 12.0 – 14.0 cm. The Blue Mormon is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The butterfly is black with great blue areas on wing. Hind wings have no 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 polymnestor (Blue Mormon, Blauer Pfau) (male). Papilio polymnestor is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia)

Description

The forewings are black. In the middle of wing there is a light blue area, which is divided by black veins or stripes.
The underside is black. Next to the margin there is a yellowish band which is divided by many black veins or stripes. Nearby the body there is a red area.

The hind wings
are light blue and have no tails. The margin is ridged and black. Nearby the body there is a black area. In the middle of wing there is a chain of black spots. Next to the margin there is also a chain of black spots.
The underside is nearly a copy of upside, but the blue is change to yellow. The black area around the body is broader than upside. Nearby the body there is a red area.

The body
is black.

Sex differences:
Females has not the nice light blue. They are bluish and grey.

Macro photos

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 20.08.2006, macro photograph of Papilio polymnestor (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 20.08.2006, macro photograph of Papilio polymnestor (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 20.08.2006, macro photograph of Papilio polymnestor (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 20.08.2006, macro photograph of Papilio polymnestor (underside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 20.08.2006, macro photograph of Papilio polymnestor (underside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 20.08.2006, macro photograph of Papilio polymnestor (underside)

Here you can see some macro photos of Papilio polymnestor.

Distribution

The Blue Mormon (Papilio polymnestor ) is a butterfly of the Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The distribution include Sri Lanka and India.

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

Larval food

Rutaceae:

Guttiferae:

Rubiaceae:

General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1775 by Cramer . There is only one subspecies.

Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio memnon Linnaeus 1758 (Great Mormon)


Scientific name

Papilio polymnestor Cramer 1775

Synonym

 Blue Mormon
 Blauer Mormon

Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

To family tree (Genus: PAPILIO)...  


Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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