Papilio erskinei is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1886 by Mathew. The wingspan is about 11 – 12 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Papilio erskinei is black and it has yellow spots. A broad, yellow band dominates the hind wing.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are black. At the edge there is a chain of yellow spots.
The underside of Papilio erskinei is black.Next to the wing-tip there are four white spots.
The hind wings of Papilio erskinei are black. The edge is wavy. A broad, yellow band dominates the wing. At the inner edge there is a red eye.
The underside is black. At the edge there is a chain of red spots. In the middle of the wing there is a fine band of blue scales.
The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax is black. The head is black.
Sex differences: ---
The first description of this butterfly was in 1886 by Mathew. 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 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 erskinei Mathew 1886
(In some publications also: Papilio woodfordi erskinei)
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: ERSKINEI