Papilio polymnestor (Blue Mormon, Blauer Pfau)
Papilio polymnestor, also called Blue Mormon is a very impressive
Photos for easy identification
The forewings are black. In the middle of wing there is a light blue area, which is divided by black veins or stripes.
The underside is black. Next to the margin there is a yellowish band which is divided by many black veins or stripes. Nearby the body there is a red area.
The hind wings are light blue and have no tails. The margin is ridged and black. Nearby the body there is a black area. In the middle of wing there is a chain of black spots. Next to the margin there is also a chain of black spots.
The underside is nearly a copy of upside, but the blue is change to yellow. The black area around the body is broader than upside. Nearby the body there is a red area.
The body is black.
Sex differences: Females has not the nice light blue. They are bluish and grey.
Here you can see some macro photos of Papilio polymnestor.
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The first description of this butterfly was in 1775 by Cramer . There is only one subspecies.
- Papilio polymnestor parinda [Moore]
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
-no entry- (as at 14.06.2006)
- 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 2004) (see: www. redlist.org/)
Similar and closely-related species
Papilio polymnestor Cramer 1775
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: POLYMNESTOR