) is a large swallowtail
butterfly belonging to the subgenus Pachliopta
(Roses) of the Red-bodied Swallowtails (genus Atrophaneura
It is found in India
and Sri Lanka
and possibly the coast of western Myanmar
In India, it is found in the Western Ghats
, southern India (Kerala
), eastern India (West Bengal
) and the Andaman Islands
. Recorded from Pune
Generally common and not known to be threatened. It is common all along the Western Ghats up to Maharashtra
but rare in Gujarat
. It is considered to be very rare in the Amphrodog. Protected by law in India.
Male Upperside black. Fore wing with a broad white interrupted band from the subcostal nervure opposite the origin of veins 10 and 11, extended obliquely to the tornus, and a second short pre-apical similar band; both bands composed of detached irregularly indented broad streaks in the interspaces. Hind wing with a diseal posteriorly strongly curved series of seven crimson spots followed by a subterminal series of crimson lunules. Cilia black alternated with white. Underside: fore whig dull brownish black, hind wing black; markings as on the npporsido, but the crimson spots and crescentic markings on the hind wing larger. Antennae, thorax and abdomen abovo at base, black; head and rest of the abdomen bright crimson; beneath: iho palpi, the sides of the thorax and abdomen crimson.
Female. Similar, the discal series of spots and subterminal lunules much... Read More