Photos for easy identification
The forewings are dark brown. A broad yellow band dominates the wing.
The underside of Papilio thersites is very similar to the upside. But, at the front edge there are some additional yellow stripes.
The hind wings of Papilio thersites are dark brown and they have tails. The edge is wavy. Next to the body there is a large yellow area. At the outer edge there is a chain of little yellow spots.
The underside is yellow. The outer edge is dark brown and contains chains of red, blue-white and yellow spots.
The body (abdomen) is yellow and has a black stripe. The thorax is black. The head is black and has yellow spots. The underside of all parts is yellow.
Sex differences: ---
The first description of this butterfly was in 1775 by Fabricius. There are no subspecies.
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 thersites Fabricius 1775
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: THERSITES