Graphium latreillianus (Coppery Swordtail)
Graphium latreillianus, also called Coppery Swordtail is a . The first description was in 1819 by Godart. The wingspan is about 8 – 9 cm. Graphium latreillianus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of this butterfly is dark-brown. A chain of large, yellow-green spots dominates the fore wings. The hind wings have no tails.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are dark-brown. In the middle of the wing there is a chain of large, yellow-green spots.
The underside of Graphium latreillianus is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown.
The hind wings of Graphium latreillianus are dark-brown. The edge is wavy. Next to the body there is a yellow-green band. At the outer edge there is a chain of yellow-green stripes.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown. There are many, additional black spots.
The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax and the head are black. The underside of the abdomen is yellowish.
Sex differences: ---
The first description of this butterfly was in 1819 by Godart. There is only one subspecies.
- Graphium latreillianus theorini [Aurivillius, 1881]
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 latreillianus Godart 1819
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: LATREILLIANUS