Papilio constantinus (Constantine´s Swallowtail)

Papilio constantinus, also called Constantine´s Swallowtail is a butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1871 by Ward. The wingspan is about 8 – 9 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Papilio constantinus is darkbrown or black. Yellow spots and bands dominate the wings.



Photos for easy identification

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see some photos of Papilio constantinus (Constantine´s Swallowtail) (male above / female below). Papilio constantinus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa).


Description

The fore wings are darkbrown or black. At the outer edge and in the middle of the wing there is a chain of yellow spots. At the front edge there are some yellow spots.
The underside of Papilio constantinus is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown. At the front edge there are additional, yellow stripes.

The hind wings of Papilio constantinus are darkbrown or black and they have tails. The tails have two yellow spots. The edge is wavy. Next to the body there is a broad, yellow band. At the outer edge there is a chain of little, yellow spots.  
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown. The veins are darkbrown.

The body (abdomen) is darkbrown. The thorax and the head are darkbrown. The underside of all parts is darkbrown-yellow-striped.

Sex differences: The basic colour of the female is brown.


Distribution

Papilio constantinus is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Congo until Zambia and Tanzania.

This world map shows the ecozones in which this butterfly is distributed.

Larval food

Rutaceae:

General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1871 by Ward. There are two subspecies.

Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

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Scientific name

Papilio constantinus Ward 1871  


Other names

Constantine´s Swallowtail


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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