Name of a large species of swallowtail butterfly, with the
scientific name Papilio paris, which is found in
South, East and Southeast Asia, and which has several known subspecies, the one
commonly found in Thailand, being Papilio paris paris. It has a wingspan of
around 105 to 130 centimeters.
Above, the wings of the males are black, sprinkled with dark to bright green
iridescent scales. Towards the apex of the forewings, certain scales are much
denser, creating spots that align into a narrow band.
The base of the hindwings have large brilliant greenish-blue
iridescent patches, which are caused by the diffraction of the light from
millions of tiny scales on its wings. Near the lower edge of the
patches and above the
are one or more eye-spots, depending on the species. Females are similar to the
males, but somewhat paler and duller.