Papilio mechowi is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1881 by Dewitz. The wingspan is about 10 – 11 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Papilio mechowi is dark-brown. Yellow spots and bands dominate the wings.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are dark-brown. A chain of yellowish spots dominates the wing.
The underside of Papilio mechowi is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown.
The hind wings of Papilio mechowi are dark-brown. The edge is wavy. A thin, yellowish band dominates the wing. At the edge there is a chain of yellowish spots.
The underside is brown. Next to the body there are many black stripes and veins. In the middle of the wing there is a thin, yellowish band. At the edge there is a chain of yellowish spots.
The body (abdomen) is dark-brown. The thorax and the head are dark-brown. The underside of all parts is brown.
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Papilio mechowi is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Angola until Sudan and Cameroon.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1881 by Dewitz. There is only one subspecies.
- Papilio mechowi whitnalli [Neave, 1904]
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
- EU regulation on trading with species of wild Fauna and Flora:
- IUCN Red List of threatened species:
Similar and closely-related species
Papilio mechiwo Dewitz 1881
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: PAPILIONIDAE
- Subfamily: PAPILIONINAE
- Tribe: PAPILIONINI
- Genus: PAPILIO
- Specific name: MECHOWI