Papilio epiphorbas

Papilio epiphorbas is a simple butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1833 by Boisduval. With a wingspan of 8.0 – 10.0 cm Papilio epiphorbas is a small member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The butterfly is black with blue-green spots and areas on wing. Hind wings have short 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 epiphorbas. Papilio epiphorbas is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa).


Description

The forewings are black. In the pinion there are two isolated blue-green spots. At the wing leading edge there are a blue-green spot and a short blue-green band.
The underside is dark brown.

The hind wings are black and have short tails. The margin is ridged. At the margin there is a chains of blue-green spots. There is a broad blue-green area on the wing.
The underside is brown. At the margin there is a chain of tiny golden spots, but three of this spots are small. At the inner edge there is a golden eye.

The body is black, but the underside is brown.

Sex differences: The female is lighter than male. The underside of female is dark brown and marmorate. The blue-green areas are not so bright and on hind wings there are more blue-green spots.


Macro photographs

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 09.09.2006, macro photograph of Papilio epiphorbas (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 09.09.2006, macro photograph of Papilio epiphorbas (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 09.09.2006, macro photograph of Papilio epiphorbas (underside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 09.09.2006, macro photograph of Papilio epiphorbas (underside)

Here you can see some macro photographs of Papilio epiphorbas.


Distribution

Papilio epiphorbas 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 1833 by Boisduval. There are no subspecies.
There are many similar species.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio aethiops Rothschild & Jordan 1905

Papilio phorbanta Linnaeus 1771


Scientific name

Papilio epiphorbas Boisduval 1833


Synonym

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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