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Parnassius delphius

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Kingdom
  
Animalia

Order
  
Lepidoptera

Genus
  
Parnassius

Higher classification
  
Parnassius

Phylum
  
Arthropoda

Family
  
Papilionidae

Scientific name
  
Parnassius delphius

Rank
  
Species

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Similar
  
Parnassius, Parnassius staudingeri, Parnassius actius, Swallowtail butterfly, Parnassius tianschanicus

Parnassius delphius, the banded Apollo, is a high-altitude butterfly which is found in Central Asia. It is a member of the genus Parnassius of the swallowtail (Papilionidae) family.

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Description

Note: The wing pattern in Parnassius species is inconsistent and the very many subspecies and forms make identification problematic and uncertain. Structural characters derived from the genitalia, wing venation, sphragis and foretibial epiphysis are more, but not entirely reliable. The description given here is a guide only. For an identification key see Ackery P.R. (1975).

Discal markings dull, submarginal band of forewing distinct, hindmarginal spot absent as a rule; ocelli of hindwing bright carmine, hindmarginal spots black, blackish hindmarginal area broad, two bluish-black anal spots, a faint submarginal and narrow marginal band.

Range

Northern Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

Status

Widely distributed. Locally common, generally rare. Not known to be threatened. Requires further research. Protected by law in India. Featured in erstwhile USSR Red Data Book as vulnerable.

Subspecies

There are up to 44 subspecies.

References

Parnassius delphius Wikipedia