Papilio demolion (Banded Swallowtail)
Papilio demolion, also called Banded Swallowtail is a
Photos for easy identification
Here you can see some photos of Papilio demolion (Banded Swallowtail). Papilio demolion is a member of the
The fore wings are black. A yellow band dominates the wing. At the wing tip the yellow band is split into spots.
The underside of Papilio demolion is very similar to the upside. The basic colour is dark-brown. At the wing leading edge there are some thin, yellow stripes. At the outer edge there is a yellow wavy line.
The hind wings of Papilio demolion are black and they have tails. The edge is wavy. The wing is dominated by a broad, yellow band. At the outer edge there is a chain of yellow spots. At the inner edge there is a hinted eye-spot.
The underside is dark-brown. Next to the body the wing is spotted by yellow scales. Two yellow bands dominate the wing. Between these yellow bands there is a chain of tiny blue spots.
The body is black, but the underside is yellow.
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Papilio demolion (Banded Swallowtail) is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly in the region Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines.
- Citrus limon
- Citrus medica
- Euodia roxburghiana
- Luvunga scandens
The first description of this butterfly was in 1776 by Cramer. There are two subspecies.
- Papilio demolion delostenus [Rothschild, 1908]
- Papilio demolion energetes [Fruhstorfer, 1908]
Here you can see some macro photos of Papilio demolion.
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
-no entry- (as at 12.02.2008)
- 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 2008)
Similar and closely-related species
Papilio demolion Cramer 1776
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: DEMOLION