Graphium ridleyanus is a . The first description was in 1843 by White. The wingspan is about 7 – 9 cm. Graphium ridleyanus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colou of this butterfly is brown. Red spots and areas dominate the wings. Hind wings have no tails. Graphium ridleyanus is very similar to members of genus Acraea.
Photos for easy identification
The forewings are brown and grey. Nearby the body there are some dark brown areas. There is a chain of big red spots in the middle of wing. The veins are dark.
The underside is a copy of upside.
The hind wings are red and have no tails. The margin is brown. Nearby the body there is a brown area. There are some black and yellow spots on wing.
The underside is very colourful. There are green, orange and pink areas and some black spots on wing.
The body is black, but the upside of opistosoma is yellowish.
Here you can see some macro photographs of Graphium ridleyanus.
Graphium ridleyanus is a butterfly of the Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). You can observe this butterfly Liberia to Nigeria, Central African Republic and Angola.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1843 by White. There are no subspecies.
Graphium ridleyanus is a good example for Batesian Mimicry, because this butterfly mimic some members of genus Acracea. Acracea butterflies are uneatable for predator.
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 ridleyanus White 1843
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: RIDLEYANUS