Butterflies of temperate Asia
Mandarin Swallowtail
Graphium mandarinus  OBERTHÜR, 1879
subfamily - PAPILIONINAE
Graphium mandarinus, 2800m, north Yunnan, China © Andrew Neild
The genus Graphium is widespread in the Old World, with 35 species in the Afrotropical region, 14 in the Oriental region, 6 in the Holarctic ( south & west China ) and 20 in the Australian region.
Many of the Oriental and Australasian species are characterised by having a pattern of translucent green, turquoise or yellowish "windows" on a chocolate ground colour. Others however including aristeus from New Guinea and the Oriental species mandarinus are predominantly white, marked with vertical black stripes. Arguably the most beautiful and unusual of all is weiskei from Papua, a tailed species patterned with vivid pink and green on a dark brown ground colour.
Graphium is currently and unsatisfactorily subdivided into various groups. These will ultimately be reclassified as subgenera or new genera. Graphium mandarinus is in the "eurous" species group. It has previously be known by the names Papilio mandarinus, Pazala mandarina and Pazala parus.
Graphium mandarinus is distributed from Sikkim and Nepal to the provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan in China.
Graphium mandarinus, 2800m, north Yunnan, China © Tony Hoare
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Graphium mandarinus, 2800m, north Yunnan, China © Andrew Neild



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