Atrophaneura plutonius is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1876 by Oberthür. The wingspan is about 10 – 12 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Atrophaneura plutonius is black. It has red spots.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are black. The veins partly bordered by brown colour.
The underside of Atrophaneura plutonius is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is dark-brown.
The hind wings of Atrophaneura plutonius are black and they have tails. The edge is wavy. At the edge there is a chain of red spots. Next to the body there is a light-brown area.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, there are more red spots than on the upside.
The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax is black. The head is red. The underside of all parts has red hairs.
Sex differences: The female covers the upper range of the wing-span. The basic colour of the female is brown.
Atrophaneura plutonius is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Nepal until Bhutan and China.
- Aristolochia sp.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1876 by Oberthür. There are no subspecies.
Here you can see some macro photos of Atrophaneura plutonius.
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:
-No entry- (as at 2009)
Similar and closely-related species
Atrophaneura plutonius Oberthür 1876
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: PLUTONIUS