Graphium aristeus (Chain Swordtail)
Graphium aristeus, also called Chain Swordtail is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1780 by Stoll. The wingspan is about 6 – 7 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Graphium aristeus is yellowish. Four broad darkbrown stripes dominate the fore wing. There is a chain of red spots on the underside of the hind wing.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are yellowish. The outer part of the wing is darkbrown and contains a thin yellow strip. Four darkbrown stripes dominate the wing. Next to the body there is a darkbrown area.
The underside of Graphium aristeus is very similar to the upside.
The hind wings of Graphium aristeus are yellowish and they have long tails. The edge is wavy. The outer part of the wing is darkbrown and contains a chain of yellow spots. The inner edge is darkbrown. In the middle of the wing there is a darkbrown strip.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, a chain of red spots dominates the wing.
The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax and the head are also black. The underside of all parts is yellow.
Sex differences: ---
Graphium aristeus is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from the North of India until Australia.
- Miliusa brahei
- Miliusa traceyi
- Polyalthia nitidissima
- Pseuduvaria froggattii
The first description of this butterfly was in 1780 by Stoll. There are five subspecies.
- Graphium aristeus anticrates [Doubleday, 1846]
- Graphium aristeus hainanensis [Chou & Gu, 1994]
- Graphium aristeus hermocrates [C. & R. Felder, 1865]
- Graphium aristeus parmatus [Gray, 1853]
- Graphium aristeus paron [Godman & Salvin, 1879]
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
- EU regulation on trading with species of wild Fauna and Flora
- IUCN Red List of threatened species:
Similar and closely-related species
Graphium aristeus Stoll 1780
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: PAPILIONIDAE
- Subfamilie: PAPILIONINAE
- Tribe: LEPTOCIRCINI
- Genus: GRAPHIUM
- Specific name: ARISTEUS