Papilio mackinnoni (MacKinnon´s Swallowtail)

Papilio mackinnoni, also called MacKinnon´s Swallowtail is a butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1891 by Sharpe. The wingspan is about 10 – 11 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Papilio mackinnoni is black. A chain of yellow spots dominates 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 mackinnoni (MacKinnon´s Swallowtail). Papilio mackinnoni is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa).


Description

The fore wings are black. A chain of yellow spots dominates the wing. At the front edge there is a yellow spot too.
The underside of Papilio mackinnoni is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is dark-brown. The wing tip is brown. 

The hind wings of Papilio mackinnoni are black and they have tails. The edge is wavy. A chain of yellow spots dominates the wing.   
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown-pied. 

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

Sex differences: ---


Distribution

Papilio mackinnoni is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Angola until Sudan.

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 leucotaenia Rothschild 1908


Scientific name

Papilio mackinnoni Sharpe 1891


Other names

MacKinnon´s Swallowtail


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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