Papilio schmeltzi is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1869 by Herrich-Schäffer. The wingspan is about 9 – 10 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Papilio schmeltzi is black. A yellow area dominates the wings.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are black. At the front edge there is a thin, white stripe.
The underside of Papilio schmeltzi is nearly a copy of upside. The white stripe is longer and bigger.
The hind wings of Papilio schmeltzi are black and they have tails. The edge is wavy. The wing is dominated by a yellow area. At the inner edge there is a red eye.
The underside is black. At the outer edge there is a chain of red spots. There is a chain of blue spots too.
The body is black.
Sex differences: ---
The first description of this butterfly was in 1869 by Herrich-Schäffer. 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 12.02.2008)
- 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 2008)
Similar and closely-related species
Papilio schmeltzi Herrich-Schäffer 1869
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: SCHMELTZI