Graphium sandawanum (Apo Swallowtail)
Graphium sandawanum, also called Apo Swallowtail is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1977 by Yamamoto. The wingspan is about 6 – 7 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Graphium sandawanum is black. Lightgreen areas and spots dominate the wings.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are black. In the middle of the wing there is a large lightgreen area. At the front edge there are three lightgreen spots.
The underside of Graphium sandawanum is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown.
The hind wings of Graphium sandawanum are black and they have short tails. The edge is wavy. A large lightgreen area dominates the wing. At the outer edge there is a chain of lightgreen spots.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown and 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 gray.
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Graphium sandawanum is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly in China.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1977 by Yamamoto. There is only one subspecies.
- Graphium sandawanum jureli [Nuyda; 1994]
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 sandawanum Yamamoto 1977
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: SANDAWANUM