Papilio elephenor (Yellow-crested Spangle)
Papilio elephenor, also called Yellow-crested Spangleis a butterfly from . 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
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: ---
The first description of this butterfly was in 1845 by Doubleday. 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 22.05.2009)
- EU regulation on trading with species of wild Fauna and Flora
-no entry- (as at 07.07.2009)
- IUCN Red List of threatened species:
-no entry- (as at 2009)
Similar and closely-related species
Papilio elephenor Doubleday 1845
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: ELEPHENOR