Swallowtails from China 

by Tom Nygaard Kristensen

first update d. 5 october 2007

last update d. 14 october 2007


Dragon Swallowtail, Sericinus montela male. China. july 2006. Photographer: Tom Nygaard Kristensen Dragon Swallowtail, Sericinus montela male. China. July 2006. Photographer: Tom Nygaard Kristensen Paris Peacock, Papilio paris male. China. July 2006. Photographer: Tom Nygaard Kristensen China. July 2006. Photographer: Tom Nygaard Kristensen Great Mormon, Papilio memnon male. China. july 2006. Photographer: Tom Nygaard Kristensen Chineese Peacock, Papilio bianor female. China. July 2006. Photographer: Tom Nygaard Kristensen Common Mormon, Papilio polytes female. China. July 2006. Photographer: Tom Nygaard Kristensen

Dragon Swallowtail, Sericinus montela (Gray, 1852) The larvae of S. montela feed on Aristolochia contorta (Aristolochiaceae) in the wild, and on A. debilis and A. clematitis under lab conditions. Range: China, North and South Korea (Ackery, 1975), Vladivostok, Amur, Ussuri (Tuzov et al., 1997). It has been recently introduced to Japan (Kumon, 2005. Similar species from Europe: Southern festoon. Link to Tree of Life web project.

Paris Peacock, Papilio paris (Linnaeus, 1758) The Himalayas from Kumaon to Sikkim, Nepal and Bhutan; the hills of Assam, Burma and Tenasserim, extending to China, Siam and the Malay Peninsula. A common insect in Sikkim, where it is found from the Terai up to 5000 feet. It is rare in Burma and Tenasserim. Link to Wikipendia.

Chinese Peacock, Papilio bianor (Cramer, 1777) in contrast to Maacki Peacock, this species has a single generation flying in July-August. Host plant: Phellodendron species.
Range: SE. China to S. Korea, Japan, Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands.

Great Mormon, Papilio memnon (Linnaeus, 1758) is a large butterfly with contrasting colors found in India that belongs to the Swallowtail family. A common butterfly, it is widely distributed and has thirteen subspecies. The female is polymorphic and with mimetic forms. Range: North Eastern India (including Sikkim, Assam and Nagaland), Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan(?), Myanmar, Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (stragglers only), western, southern and eastern China (including Hainan), Taiwan and southern Japan, Ryukyu Islands. Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Kampuchea, eastern and peninsular Malaysia, Indonesia ( Sumatra, Mentawai Islands, Nias, Batu, Simeulue, Bangka, Java, Kalimantan and the lesser Sunda Islands (except Timor, Wetar, Babar and Tanimbar).

Common Mormon, Papilio polytes (Linnaeus, 1758) is a common species of swallowtail butterfly widely distributed across Asia. This butterfly is known for the mimicry displayed by the numerous forms of its females which mimic inedible Red-bodied Swallowtails, such as the Common Rose and the Crimson Rose. The webmaster have seen this species in Chitwan National park in Terai, Nepal back in february 2000.  Lars Andersen  d. 5 october 2007

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  Henrik S. Larsen; Butterflies from Hainan, China.

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