Papilio mechowi

Papilio mechowi is a butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). 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

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see some photos of Papilio mechowi. Papilio mechowi is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa).


Description

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.  

Sex differences: ---


Distribution

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

This world map shows the ecozones in which this butterfly is distributed.v

Larval food

Piperaceae:

General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1881 by Dewitz. There is only one subspecies.

Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio filaprae Suffert 1904

Papilio gallienus Distant 1879

Papilio mechowianus Dewitz 1885


Scientific name

Papilio mechiwo Dewitz 1881  


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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