Atrophaneura mencius is a butterfly from the . The first description was in 1862 by C. & R. Felder. The wingspan is about 10 – 11 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Atrophaneura alcinous is dark-brown. It has big red spots on its hind wings. The underside of the body has red hairs.
Photos for easy identification
Here you can see some photos of Atrophaneura mencius (male above / female below). Atrophaneura mencius is a member of the
The fore wings are dark-brown or black. The veins are black.
The underside of Atrophaneura mencius is very similar to the upside.
The hind wings of Atrophaneura mencius are black and they have tails. The edge is wavy. At the edge there is a chain of big dark-red spots.
The underside is very similar to the upside. The spots are bigger and brighter.
The body (abdomen) is black and it has red stripes. The thorax is black. The head is red. The underside of head and abdomen has red hairs.
Sex differences: The female covers the upper range of the wing-span.
Atrophaneura mencius is a butterfly from the Palaearctic (Asia) ecozone. But, the distribution includes some parts of the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly in China.
- Cocullus carolinus
The first description of this butterfly was in 1862 by C. & R. Felder. There are no subspecies.
Here you can see some macro photos of Atrophaneura mencius.
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
-no entry- (Stand: 12.02.2008)
- EU regulation on trading with species of wild Fauna and Flora:
-no entry- (Stand: 19.08.2005)
- IUCN Red List of threatened species:
-no entry- (Stand: 2008)
Similar and closely-related species
Atrophaneura mencius C. & R. Felder 1862
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: PAPILIONIDAE
- Subfamily: PAPILIONINAE
- Tribe: TROIDINI
- Genus: ATROPHANEURA
- Specific name: MENCIUS