Papilio delalandei

Papilio delalandei is a very interesting butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1823 by Godart. The wingspan is about 9.0 – 10.0 cm. Papilio delalandei is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The butterfly is black with a bizarre yellowish or white band on wings. Hind wings have tails.




Photos for easy identification

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer

These are nice photos of Papilio delalandei. Papilio delalandei is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa).


Description

The forewings are black. At the margin there is a chain of little white spots. In the middle of wing there is a bizarre chain of white spots like a backbone. At the wing leading edge there is a big white spot.
The underside is a copy of upside, but the ground is brown and the big white spot from upside is now a short strip.

The hind wings are black and have long tails. At the margin there is a chain of little white spots. In the middle of wing there is a sequel to the bizarre chain from forewings. In back there is a blue, black and orange eye. The top on tail is white.
The underside is copy of upside, but the ground is brown.

The body is black.

Sex differences: The female has only a thin big white spot on forewings.


Macro photographs

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 26.08.2006, macro photograph of Papilio delalandei (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 26.08.2006, macro photograph of Papilio delalandei (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 26.08.2006, macro photograph of Papilio delalandei (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 26.08.2006, macro photograph of Papilio delalandei (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 26.08.2006, macro photograph of Papilio delalandei (underside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 26.08.2006, macro photograph of Papilio delalandei (underside)

Here you can see some macro photographs of Papilio delalandei.


Distribution

Papilio delalandei is a butterfly of the Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The distribution is restricted to Madagascar.


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

Larval food

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General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1823 by Godart. There are no subspecies.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio mangoura Hewitson 1875


Scientific name

Papilio delalandei Godart 1823


Synonym

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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