Peacock Swallowtail - Papilio blumei



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Peacock Swallowtail - Papilio blumei

The Science:

The Papilio genus, when devised by Linnaeus, was originally applied to all known butterflies. It is now restricted to only around 215 species, but Papilionidae, the Swallowtail family, includes many of the largest, most spectacular and prized specimens in the world. The Green Buddha or Peacock Swallowtail Papilio blumei is considered by many to be among the most attractive of all butterflies. Native to Sulawesi, an island in Indonesia, it is a large species with velvety-black wings speckled and striped with green and a bright turquoise-blue which extends down onto the teardrop-shaped tails. The coloration is somewhat variable, and reflects different colors at different viewing angles, an optical property that has inspired scientists to attempt to duplicate it, with the idea in mind that it may be useful for creating hard-to-forge currency. Eggs are laid on Euodia trees and sometimes fall prey to flying lizards. Adults take nectar from the Pin-Cushion Tree and Jungle Guava, and males may be spotted patrolling the forests for females, or “puddling,” imbibing mineralized water from muddy or sandy pools.

The Story:

All our framed insects are mounted and framed in Upstate New York. We model our frames from fine ashwood, and they’re available in both a matte-black, and a natural finish.

Our framed insects are made-to-order. Please allow up to two weeks for your order to be completed. If you need your order sooner than this, please contact us at 212-343-1114 x401 or and we will do our best to accommodate you!


SKU: AP-FI0160
Dimensions: 8.00"W x 7.00"H x 1.63"D
Scientific Name: Papilio blumei
Origin: Indonesia
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  • 5
    Greens and blues

    Posted by Tyler J Strusowski on Mar 4th 2020

    This is a large and striking specimen to add to your collection. It seems to change color depending on the angle you look at it sometimes seeming more green and shifting to blue. There are also psychedelic looking details in the hind-wings. I think this specimen pairs well with the Ulysses buttefly, Rajah Brooke's Birdwing and the Aurora Dayflying Moth.