Broad-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly

2019-05

Broad-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly

Text|Cynthia Lai・Photo|李興漢《臺灣蝴蝶拉丁學名考釋》
Consultant|Taiwan Endemic Species Research Institute

Discovered and named by Japanese entomologists in the 1930s, the broad-tailed swallowtail butterfly is mostly found fluttering elegantly in the mid-altitude forests of central and northern Taiwan. The specific epithet 'maraho' means 'chieftain' in Taiwanese indigenous Atayal tribe language indicating its unique position among the butterflies of Taiwan.

Broad-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly
Binomial name:Papilio maraho
Family: Papilionidae