Papilio thaiwanus

Papilio thaiwanus is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). 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

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see some photos of Papilio thaiwanus (male above / female below). Papilio thaiwanus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

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.


Distribution

Papilio thaiwanus is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly on Taiwan.


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

Larval food

Lauraceae:

Rutaceae:

General informationv

The first description of this butterfly was in 1898 by Rothschild. There are no subspecies.


Macro photos

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Papilio thaiwanus f (upside)
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Papilio thaiwanus f (underside)
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Papilio thaiwanus m (underside)

Here you can see some macro photos of Papilio thaiwanus.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio alcmenor 1864 C. & R. Felder (Redbreast)

Scientific name

Papilio thaiwanus Rothschild 1898


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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