Papilio ptolychus is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1888 by Godman & Salvin. The wingspan is about 11 – 12 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Papilio ptolychus is black and it has yellow spots. A yellow band dominates the hind wing.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are black. Next to the wing tip there is a yellow spot. At the outer edge there are some yellow spots.
The underside of Papilio ptolycus is very similar to the upside, but there are no spots at the outer edge.
The hind wings of Papilio ptolycus are black. The edge is wavy. A 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 1888 by Godman & Salvin. 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 inopinatus 1883 Butler
Papilio ptolychus Godman & Salvin 1888
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: PTOLYCHUS