Papilio paris tamilana

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Tamil peacock
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Genus: Papilio
Species: P. paris tamilana
Trinomial name
Papilio paris tamilana
Linnaeus, 1758

Papilio paris tamilana, the Tamil peacock, is an endemic swallowtail butterfly found in southern India.


P. p. tamilana (Moore), very closely resembles the typical form (see P. paris), but on the upperside the upper discal patch on the hindwing is of a paler more metallic blue and very considerably larger, it extends from interspace 3 well into interspace 7, from the apex of the cell into interspaces 3, 4, and 5, and from the middle of interspace 6 much further towards the termen than in P. paris. Underside similar to that of the typical form, but the transverse postdiscal pale band on the forewing is conspicuously narrower and curved inwards towards the costa. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen as in P. paris.[1]

Wingspan: 116–134 mm

Habitat: southern India, Kanara, Nilgiris, Travancore.

Food plants[edit]

Erodia roxburghiana[1]

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