Graphium chironides is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1884 by Honrath. The wingspan is about 8 – 9 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Graphium chironides is darkbrown or black. There are many, greenish spots on the wings.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are darkbrown or black. At the outer edge there is a chain of greenish spots. There is also a chain of longish greenish spots at the inner edge. In the middle of the wing there is a chain of big greenish spots.
The underside of Graphium chironides is very similar to the upside. But, all spots are whitish.
The hind wings of Graphium chironides are darkbrown or black. The edge is wavy. At the outer edge there is a chain of little greenish spots. Next to the body there are four big greenish spots.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, there are some additional orange spots.
The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax and the head are also black. The underside of all parts is yellow.
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Graphium chironides is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Nepal until Malaysia.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1884 by Honrath. There are two subspecies.
- Graphium chironides clanis [Jordan, 1909]
- Graphium chironides malayanum [Eliot, 1982]
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) (see: www. redlist.org/)
Similar and closely-related species
Graphium chironides Honrath 1884
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: CHIRONIDES