Papilio arcturus (Blue Peacock, Blauer Pfau)
Papilio arcturus, also called Blue Peacock or Blauer Pfau is a very nice butterfly from . The first description was in 1842 by Westwood. The wingspan is about 10.0 – 12.0 cm. The Blue Peacock is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The butterfly is black with green, blue and purple areas and spots on the wing. Hind wings have tails. This butterfly very similar to Papilio krishna.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are black. The whole wing is powdered by green scales. Next to the margin there is a green band.
The underside is black. In the middle of wing there is a broad whitish area with black veins or black horizontal stripes.
The hind wings are black and have broad tails. The margin is ridged. The whole wing is powdered by green scales. In the middle of wing there is a blue area. Next to the margin there are some purple spots. In back there is a purple and black eye with green eye shadow.
The underside is black. The bigger part of wing is powdered by white scales. Next to the margin there is a chain of big purple spots.
The body is black. Furthermore the upside is powdered by green scales.
Sex differences: None
Here you can see some macro photos of Papilio arcturus.
- Zanthoxylum acanthopodium
The first description of this butterfly was in 1842 by Westwood . There are only two subspecies.
- Papilio arcturus arcturulus [Fruhstorfer]
- Papilio arcturus arius [Rothschild]
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
-no entry- (as at 14.06.2006)
- 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
Papilio arcturus Westwood 1842
Blue Peacock, Arcturus Swallowtail
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: PAPILIONIDAE
- Subfamily: PAPILIONINAE
- Tribe: PAPILIONINI
- Genus: PAPILIO
- Specific name: ARCTURUS