Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Blue Triangle (Graphium sarpedon)

Adult Blue Triangle (subspecies G. s. nipponum) at Osaka Castle Grounds, Japan - July 2013

OTHER NAMES: Common Bluebottle
Local Name (Japan): Aosujiageha (アオスジアゲハ) - "Aozuke Swallowtail"
Featured Subspecies: Graphium sarpedon nipponum
Length: 27mm
Wingspan: 55-75mm
NOT EVALUATED IN UK IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

The Blue Triangle (also known as the Common Bluebottle, I'm not using that name as to me the name Bluebottle is associated with flies) is a huge butterfly, with the only UK species to compare being the Purple Emperor and the Swallowtail, unlike those species however, this species is widely spread throughout its range, found even in parks in the middle of major cities like Osaka and Kyoto.  This species has a huge range down the Asia-Australasia side of the pacific.

Related Species:
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Genus: Graphium
SUBSPECIES: G. s. sarpedon, G. s. teredon, G. s. semifasciatus, G. s. connectens, G. s. nipponum, G. s. messogis, G. s. islander, G. s. wetterensis, G. s. choredon, G. s. luctatius, G. s. isander

- Sighting Locations -
JAPAN - Common resident seen in Summer
 - KYOTO/OSAKA 2013 TRIP: Common in Osaka and Kyoto 

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, ArkiveIUCN Red List

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