Papilio microps

Papilio microps is a butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1951 by Storace. The wingspan is about 8 – 9 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Papilio microps is black. Green 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
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see some photos of Papilio microps (male above / female below). Papilio microps is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa).


Description

The fore wings are black. At the wing-tip there is a little, green spot. A green band dominates the wing.
The underside is dark- brown. Some yellowish spots dominate the wing.  

The hind wings are black. The edge is very wavy. At the outer edge there is a chain of green spots. A broad, green band dominates the wing.
The underside is dark-brown. At the outer edge there is a thin, yellowish band. At the inner edge there are two yellowish spots.  

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

Sex differences: The basic colour of the female is brown. It has no bands at the underside of the wings.


Distribution

Papilio microps is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Ethiopia until Somalia.


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 1951 by Storace. There are no subspecies.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio bromius Doubleday 1845

Papilio sosia Rothschild & Jordan 1903

Papilio nireus Linnaeus 1758


Scientific name

Papilio microps Storace 1951


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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