Graphium evemon (Lesser Jay)
Graphium evemon, also called Lesser Jay is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1836 by Boisduval. The wingspan is about 8 – 9 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Graphium evemon is black. There are many, yellow or greenish spots on the wings.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are black. At the outer edge there is a chain of tiny yellow or green spots. There is also a chain of tiny yellow or green spots at the inner edge. In the middle of the wing there is a chain of big yellow or green spots.
The underside of Graphium evemon is very similar to the upside.
The hind wings of Graphium evemon are black. The edge is wavy. At the outer edge there is a chain of tiny yellow or green spots. Next to the body there is a big yellow or green area.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, there are some additional red 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 evemon is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Thailand until Indonesia and the Philippines.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1836 by Boisduval. There are four subspecies.
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 evemon Boisduval 1836
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: EVEMON