Papilio nobilis (Noble Swallowtail)
Papilio nobilis, also called Noble Swallowtail is a butterfly from . 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
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.
Papilio nobilis is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Congo until Sudan and Tanzania.
- Warburgia salutaris
The first description of this butterfly was in 1891 by Rogenhofer. There are three subspecies.
- Papilio nobilis crippsianus [Stoneham, 1936]
- Papilio nobilis didingensis [Carpenter, 1928]
- Papilio nobilis mpanda [Kielland, 1990]
Here you can see the subspecies Papilio nobilis crippsianus (male left / female right). The wingspan is abut 9 - 12 cm.
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 nobilis Rogenhofer 1891
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: NOBILIS