Atrophaneura priapus is a . The first description was in 1836 by Boisduval. The wingspan is about 11 – 14 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Atrophaneura priapus is black. It has a broad yellow band on the hind wings. The body has a yellow hair coat. The females are dark-brown. The veins are bordered by white colour.
Photos for easy identification
Here you can see some photos of Atrophaneura priapus (male above / female below). Atrophaneura priapus is a member of the
The fore wings are black. The veins partly bordered by white colour.
The underside of Atrophaneura priapus is very similar to the upside.
The hind wings of Atrophaneura priapus are black. The edge is a little bit wavy. There is a broad, yellowish band on the wing. This band contains some black spots. Next to the body there is a white area with red edge.
The underside is similar to the upside, but the white area is missing.
The body (abdomen) is yellow and black. Head and the underside of abdomen are yellow. The thorax is black.
Sex differences: The female covers the upper range of the wing-span. The basic colour of the female is dark-brown or black. The light parts of the wings are dominant.
Atrophaneura priapus is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Myanmar until Indonesia.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1836 by Boisduval. There are two subspecies.
The design of the wings is similar to the design of Birdwing butterflies (genus: Troides).
Here you can see the subspecies Atrophaneura priapus dilutus (male above / female below).
Here you can see the subspecies Atrophaneura priapus hageni (male above / female below).
Here you can see some macro photos of Atrophaneura priapus.
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
-No entry- (as at 12.02.2008)
- EU regulation on trading with species of wild Fauna and Flora
-No entry- (as at 19.08.2005)
- IUCN Red List of threatened species:
-No entry- (as at 2008)
Similar and closely-related species
Atrophaneura priapus Boisduval 1836
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: PRIAPUS