Papilio cynorta (Mimetic Swallowtail)

Papilio cynorta, also called Mimetic Swallowtail is a butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1793 by Fabricius. The wingspan is about 8 – 9 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Papilio cynorta is black. Yellowish bands and spots 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 cynorta (Mimetic Swallowtail) (male above / female below). Papilio cynorta is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa).


Description

The fore wings are black. In the middle of the wing there is a chain of big, yellowish spots.
The underside of Papilio cynorta is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is darkbrown. The veins are black.

The hind wings of Papilio cynorta are black. The edge is wavy. A broad, yellowish band dominates the wing.  
The underside is brown. Next to the body there is a red area with black spots and stripes. In the middle of the wing there is a yellowish band with black veins and stripes. 

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

Sex differences: The fore wings of the female are black. They have two big, white spots. The hind wings are brown and they have many, black veins and stripes.


Distribution

Papilio cynorta is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Sierra Leone until 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 1793 by Fabricius. There are no subspecies.

The female mimics Acraea epaea.

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

Here you can see the form Papilio cynorta f lavochrea (female).


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Acraea epaea Cramer 1779

Papilio echerioides Trimen 1868

Papilio plagiatus Aurivillius 1898

Papilio zenobia Fabricius 1775

Scientific name

Papilio cynorta Fabricius 1793  


Other names

Mimetic Swallowtail


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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