Papilio bootes Westwood, 1842 - Tailed Redbreast

Subspecies in India

(1) Papilio bootes bootes Westwood, 1842 – Khasi Tailed Redbreast
(2) Papilio bootes mixta Tytler, 1915 – Naga Tailed Redbreast

Another subspecies was listed under this species, as Papilio bootes janaka Moore, [1858] – Himalayan Tailed Redbreast. That is now raised as a distinct species, Papilio janaka - Red-banded Mormon. See further information here and on the species page of Papilio janaka - Red-banded Mormon.

Papilio janaka - Red-banded Mormon occurs in the Himalaya, and P. bootes largely occurs in NE India.

Images of Papilio janaka are still available under this species page but they will eventually move to their own species page as the website is updated.

 

Key references:

Joshi, J., and K. Kunte. 2022. Polytypy and systematics: diversification of Papilio swallowtail butterflies in the biogeographically complex Indo-Australian Region. bioRxiv, 2022.03.23.485569.

Condamine, F. L., R. Allio, E. L. Reboud, J. R. Dupuis, E. F. A. Toussaint, N. Mazet, S.-J. Hue, D. S. Lewis, K. Kunte, A. M. Cotton, F. A. H. Sperling. 2023. A comprehensive phylogeny and revised taxonomy illuminate the origin and diversification of the global radiation of Papilio (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 107758.

 

Conservation and Special status

  This species is legally protected in India under Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

  This species is legally protected in India under Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
 
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Jharkhand
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Nagaland25
Odisha
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Sikkim2412
Tamil Nadu
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Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand1
West Bengal1
Total51112

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Papilio bootes Westwood, 1842 – Tailed Redbreast. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/papilio-bootes, accessed 2024/06/17.