Graphium androcles

Graphium androcles is a high-contrast butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1836 by Boisduval. With a wingspan of 10.0 – 12.0 cm Graphium androcles is a big member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The butterfly is black and white. This butterfly has the longes tails I have ever seen.

Photos for easy identification

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer

These are nice photos of Graphium androcles. Graphium androcles is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia).


The forewings are dichromatic. One half is black and include two fine white stripes. The second half neyrby the body is white and include  three broad black stripes.
The underside is a copy of upside, but the white is greenish in part.

The hind wings are white and have the longest tails I have ever seen. The margin is ridged and black in part. Nearby the body there are two broad black stripes. In the middle of wing some black spots from underside show through the wing.
The underside is a copy of upside, but  the white is chainge to greenish nearby the body. In the middle of wing there are some black spots.

The body is black, but the underside is white.

Sex differences:


Graphium androcles is a butterfly of the Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The distribution is restricted to Celebes and Philippines.

This world map shows the ecozones in which this butterfly is distributed.

Larval food


General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1836 by Boisduval. There are no subspecies.
The extremely long tails are uncommon. 

Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Graphium antiphates [Cramer, 1775] (Fivebar Swordtail, Fünfstrich Schwertschwanz) 

Scientific name

Graphium androcles Boisduval 1836



Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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