Papilio chikae

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Papilio chikae
Papilio chikae male.JPG
Scientific classification
P. chikae
Binomial name
Papilio chikae
Igarashi, 1965 [2]

Papilio chikae, the Luzon peacock swallowtail, is a species of butterfly in the family Papilionidae. It is endemic to the Philippines. It has two subspecies, with P. c. chikae from Luzon and P. c. hermeli (Nuyda, 1992) from Mindoro. The latter was originally described as a separate species, but it resembles the nominate subspecies and there are no significant differences in their genitalia, leading recent authorities to treat them as subspecies of a single species.[3]

It is listed as endangered by the IUCN and ESA,[1][4] and is included on Appendix I of CITES,[5] thereby making international trade illegal.


Their forewings are black with pale blue veins, while their hind wings are black with turquoise and red edges.


  1. ^ a b Gimenez Dixon, M. (1996). "Papilio chikae". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 1996: e.T15986A5341006. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.1996.RLTS.T15986A5341006.en. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  2. ^ Igarashi, S.(1965). Papilio chikae, an unrecorded Papilionid butterfly from Luzon island,the Philippines. Tyo To Ga (Transactions of the Lepidopterists' Society of Japan) 16:41-49.
  3. ^ Page, M.G.P. and C.G. Treadaway (2003). Papilionidae of the Philippine Islands. Butterflies of the world. Part 17, supplement 8. Verlag Goecke & Evers.
  4. ^ U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (1993). Luzon Peacock Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio chikae). Version July 28, 2010.
  5. ^ CITES (2011). Appendices I, II and III. Version 27 April 2011.

Other reading[edit]

  • Erich Bauer and Thomas Frankenbach, 1998 Schmetterlinge der Erde, Butterflies of the World Part I (1), Papilionidae Papilionidae I: Papilio, Subgenus Achillides, Bhutanitis, Teinopalpus. Edited by Erich Bauer and Thomas Frankenbach. Keltern: Goecke & Evers; Canterbury: Hillside Books ISBN 9783931374624