Papilio ptolychus

Papilio ptolychus is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). 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

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see some photos of Papilio ptolycus (male). Papilio ptolycus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


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: ---


Papilio ptolycus is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly on the Florida Island and Guadalcanal.

This world map shows the ecozones in which this butterfly is distributed.

Larval food


General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1888 by Godman & Salvin. There are no subspecies.

Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio aegeus Donovan 1805 (Orchard Swallowtail)

Papilio erskinei Mathew 1886

Papilio bridgei Mathew 1886

Papilio inopinatus 1883 Butler

Scientific name

Papilio ptolychus Godman & Salvin 1888

Other names


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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