Parnassius patricius

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Parnassius patricius
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On a stamp of Kazakhstan
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Genus: Parnassius
Species: P. patricius
Binomial name
Parnassius patricius
Niepelt, 1850

Parnassius patricius is a high altitude butterfly which is found in Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan (Turkestan in older literature). It is a member of the snow Apollo genus (Parnassius) of the swallowtail (Papilionidae) family. The larva feeds on Cysticorydalis fedtschenkoana.


Similar to Parnassius delphius but the submarginal spots of the hindwing upperside, when present, are paler and not centred with blue. The forewing spots usually have a less well-developed pigmentation and the sphragis is smaller than in P. delphius.


  • Parnassius patricius kardakoffi Bryk & Eisner, 1930
  • Parnassius patricius luedwigi Kreuzberg, 1989
  • Parnassius patricius lukhtanovi Rose, 1992
  • Parnassius patricius priamus Bryk, 1914
  • Parnassius patricius uzungyrus D. Weiss, 1979

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