Graphium weiskei (Purple Spotted Swallowtail)
Graphium weiskei, also called Purple Spotted Swallowtail is a great coloured . The first description was in 1900 by Ribbe. With a wingspan of 7.0 – 8.0 cm the Purple Spotted Swallowtail is a small member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The butterfly is black with green and purple spots. Hind wings have tails.
Photos for easy identification
The forewings are black. At the margin there is a chain of little greenish spots. At the wing leading edge there are some greenish and purple spots. Nearby the body there is a big purple area
The underside is a copy of upside, but the ground is light brown. Furthermore the big purple area from upside is change to white and green. In the middle of wing there is a dark brown area.
The hind wings are black and have tails. The margin is ridged. Nearby the body there is a greenish area. In back there are only two purple spots.
The underside is a copy of upside, but the ground is light brown. Furthermore the purple spots from upside are change to whitish.
The body is black, but the underside is brown.
Sex differences: The female is not so colourful, because it is coloured in brown.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1900 by Ribbe . There are no subspecies.
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
-no entry- (as at 23.06.2005)
- EU regulation on trading with species of wild Fauna and Flora
-no entry- (as at 19.08.2005)
- IUCN Red List of threatened species:
-no entry- (as at 2004) (see: www.redlist.org/)
Similar and closely-related species
Graphium weiskei Ribbe 1900
Purple Spotted Swallowtail
Purpur getupfter Schwalbenschwanz
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: WEISKEI