Papilio gallienus (Narrow-Banded Swallowtail)

Papilio gallienus, also called Narrow-Banded Swallowtail is a butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1879 by Distant. The wingspan is about 10 – 11 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Papilio gallienus is black. Some 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

Here you can see some photos of Papilio gallienus (Narrow-Banded Swallowtail). Papilio gallienus 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, yellow spots.
The underside of Papilio gallienus is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown.

The hind wings of Papilio gallienus are black. The edge is strong-wavy. A yellow band dominates the wing. 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 or red-brown. The veins are black. There are many black stripes. 

The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax and the head are black. The underside of all parts is brown and has white spots.

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Distribution

Papilio gallienus is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Cameroon until the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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 1879 by Distant. There are no subspecies.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio filaprae Suffert 1904

Papilio mechowi Distant 1881

Papilio mechowianus Dewitz 1885


Scientific name

Papilio gallienus Distant 1879


Other names

Narrow-Banded Swallowtail


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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