Papilio nobilis (Noble Swallowtail)

Papilio nobilis, also called Noble Swallowtail is a butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1891 by Rogenhofer. The wingspan is about 9 – 12 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Papilio nobilis is yellow. Brown 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 nobilis crippsianus (Noble Swallowtail). Papilio nobilis is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa).


Description

The fore wings are yellow. The wing-tip is brown. Next to the body there is a brown area.
The underside of Papilio nobilis is very similar to the upside.

The hind wings of Papilio nobilis are yellow and they have brown tails. The edge is wavy. At the outer edge and at the inner edge there are brown spots.  
The underside is brown. At the front edge there is a yellow spot.

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

Sex differences: The female has an additional chain of brown spots at all wings.


Distribution

Papilio nobilis is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Congo until Sudan and Tanzania.

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

Larval food

Canellaceae:

General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1891 by Rogenhofer. There are three subspecies.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Papilio nobilis crippsianus (male left / female right). The wingspan is abut 9 - 12 cm.

Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio dardanus Brown 1776


Scientific name

Papilio nobilis Rogenhofer 1891  


Other names

Noble Swallowtail


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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