Papilio elwesi is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1889 by Leech. The wingspan is about 13 – 14 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Papilio elwesi is gray or black. There are red spots on the hind wings.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are gray. The veins are black.
The underside of Papilio elwesi is very similar to the upside.
The hind wings of Papilio elwesi are black and they have broad tails. The edge is wavy. Next to the body there is a gray area with black veins. At the edge there is a chain of red spots.
The underside is very similar to the upside.
The body (abdomen) is black. The head and the thorax are black.
Sex differences: ---
- Liriodendron chinense
- Liriodendron tulipifera
- Sassafras tzumu
The first description of this butterfly was in 1889 by Leech. There is only one subspecies.
- Papilio elwesi cavalerei [Le Cerf]
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 speciesv
Papilio elwesi Leech 1889
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: ELWESI