Graphium megarus (Spotted Zebra)
Graphium megarus, also called Spotted Zebra is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1844 by Westwood. The wingspan is about 7 – 8 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Graphium megarus is dark-brown. Many white spots and stripes dominate the fore wings.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are dark-brown. Many white stripes and spots dominate the wing.
The underside of Graphium megarus is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown.
The hind wings of Graphium megarus are brown. The edge is wavy. Many white stripes and spots dominate the wing.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown.
The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax and the head are black-white-striped. The underside of all parts is black-white-striped.
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Graphium megarus is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Myanmar until Indonesia.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1844 by Westwood. There are five subspecies.
- Graphium megarus fleximacula [Rothschild, 1895]
- Graphium megarus marthae [Toxopeus]
- Graphium megarus megapenthes [Fruhstorfer, 1902]
- Graphium megarus sagittiger [Fruhstorfer]
- Graphium megarus tiomanensis Eliot, 1978]
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 megarus Westwood 1844
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: MEGARUS