Papilio jacksoni (Jackson´s Swallowtail)

Papilio jacksoni, also called Jackson´s Swallowtail is a butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1891 by Sharpe. The wingspan is about 9 – 10 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Papilio jacksoni is black. White 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 jacksoni (Jacksoni´s Swallowtail) (male above / female below). Papilio jacksoni 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 small, white spots.
The underside of Papilio jacksoni is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown. At the wing leading edge there is an additional, white spot.

The hind wings of Papilio jacksoni are black. The edge is wavy. A broad, white band dominates the wing. At the outer edge there is a chain of little, white spots.  
The underside is brown. Next to the body there is a red-brown area with black spots and stripes. In the middle of the wing there is a white band with black veins and stripes. At the outer edge there is a chain of little, white spots. There are also two additional, white spots. 

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

Sex differences: The basic colour of the female is dark-brown. At the outer edge of the fore wing there is a chain of white spots. Another three white spots dominate the middle of the wing. A big, yellow area dominate the hind wings.


Distribution

Papilio jacksoni is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Sudan 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 1891 by Sharpe. There are five subspecies.

Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio echerioides Trimen 1868


Scientific name

Papilio jacksoni Sharpe 1891  


Other names

Jackson´s Swallowtail


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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