Meandrusa payeni (Yellow Gorgon)
Meandrusa payeni, also called Yellow Gorgon is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1836 by Boisduval. The wingspan is about 9 – 13 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Meandrusa payeni is yellow.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are brown. In the middle of the wing there is a large, yellow area.
The underside of Meandrusa payeni is brown. The inner half of the wing is yellow.
The hind wings of Meandrusa payeni are brown and they have tails. The edge is wavy. At the outer edge there is a chain of yellow spots. Next to the body there is a large, yellow area.
The underside is brown. The inner half of the wing is yellow. Between these two areas there are some white spots.
The body (abdomen) is brown. The thorax and the head are also brown. The underside of all parts is yellowish.
Sex differences: The female is significant-larger than the male. The wings are yellow.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1836 by Boisduval. There are no subspecies.
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:
Meandrusa payeni Boisduval 1836
Yellow Gorgon, Outlet Sword, Sickle
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: PAPILIONIDAE
- Subfamilie: PAPILIONINAE
- Tribe: LEPTOCIRCINI
- Genus: MEANDRUSA
- Specific name: PAYENI