Papilio thaiwanus is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1898 by Rothschild. The wingspan is about 11 – 12 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Papilio thaiwanus is black. Red spots dominate the underside of the hind wings.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are black.
The underside of Papilio thaiwanus is dark-brown.
The hind wings of Papilio thaiwanus are black. The edge is wavy.
The underside is black. Some red spots and also red areas with black spots dominate the wing.
The body (abdomen) is black. The head and the thorax are black.
Sex differences: The female covers the upper range of the wing-span. The basic colour of the female is brown. The veins are black. Next to the body there is a red spot on the upside of the fore wing. There are three white spots and some red spots on the hind wing. Furthermore there are red areas with black spots. The underside is very similar to the upside.
- Cinnamomum camphora
- Citrus maxima
- Toddalia asiatica
- Zanthoxylum ailanthoides
- Zanthoxylum nitidum
The first description of this butterfly was in 1898 by Rothschild. There are no subspecies.
Here you can see some macro photos of Papilio thaiwanus.
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
-No entry- (as at 22.05.2009)
- EU regulation on trading with species of wild Fauna and Flora
-No entry- (as at 07.07.2009)
- IUCN Red List of threatened species:
-Lower risk- (as at 2009)
Similar and closely-related species
Papilio thaiwanus Rothschild 1898
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: THAIWANUS