Chilasa agestor (Tawny Mime)
Chilasa agestor, also called Tawny Mime is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1831 by Gray. The wingspan is about 10 – 11 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Chilasa agestor is dark-brown or black. It has many white stripes and spots on the wings.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are black. In the middle of the wing there are some white stripes. At the outer edge there are two chains of white spots.
The underside of Chilasa agestor is very similar to the upside. The wingtip is dark-brown.
The hind wings of Chilasa agestor are dark-brown. The edge is a little bit wavy. Next to the body there are some white stripes. At the edge there are some white spots.
The underside is very similar to the upside. The basic colour is dark-brown.
The body (abdomen) is black. Thorax and head are also black. All parts have white spots.
Sex differences: None.
Chilasa agestor is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from the North of India until Vietnam.
- Cinnamomum camphora
- Cinnamomum micranthum
- Persea japonica
- Persea odoratissima
- Persea thunbergii
- Persea zuihoensis
- Phoebe grandis
The first description of this butterfly was in 1831 by Gray. There are five subspecies.
- Chilasa agestor govindra [Moore, 1864]
- Chilasa agestor matsumurae [Fruhstorfer]
- Chilasa agestor restricta [Leech, 1893]
- Chilasa agestor shirozui [Igarashi, 1979]
- Chilasa agestor teruyonae [Shinkai, 1996]
This species mimes other uneatable butterflies. Therefore Chilasa agestor is also portected against preditors.
Here you can see the subspecies Chilasa agestor govindra (male left/ female right).
Here you can see the subspecies Chilasa agestor restricta (male left/ female right).
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
Chilasa agestor Gray 1831
(In some publications also Papilio agestor)
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: PAPILIONIDAE
- Subfamily: PAPILIONINAE
- Tribe: PAPILIONINI
- Genus: CHILASA
- Specific name: AGESTOR