Papilio elephenor (Yellow-crested Spangle)

Papilio elephenor, also called Yellow-crested Spangleis a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1845 by Doubleday. The wingspan is about 10 – 11 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Papilio elephenor is dark-brown or black. It has blue-green scales and red spots on the hind wings.

Photos for easy identification

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see some photos of Papilio elephenor (Yellow-crested Spangle) (male). Papilio elephenor is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


The fore wings are dark-brown. The veins are black.
The underside of Papilio elephenor is very similar to the upside.

The hind wings of Papilio elephenor are black. The edge is a little bit wavy. At the whole wing there are many blue-green scales. At the inner edge there is a red eye-spot.
The underside is black. At the edge there is a chain of red spots.

The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax is black. The head is yellow. The underside of the abdomen is yellow.

Sex differences: ---


Papilio elephenor is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly in the North of India.

This world map shows the ecozones in which this butterfly is distributed.

Larval food


General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1845 by Doubleday. There are no subspecies.

Macro photos

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Papilio elephenor m (underside)

Here you can see a macro photo of Papilio elephenor.

Protection provisions / Red List

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Scientific name

Papilio elephenor Doubleday 1845

Other names

Yellow-crested Spangle

Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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