Papilio phorbanta (Papillon La Pature)

Papilio phorbanta, also called Papillon La Pature is a butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1771 by Linnaeus. The wingspan is about 9 – 10 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Papilio phorbanta is black. Blue spots and areas 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 phorbanta (Papillon La Pature) (male above / female below). Papilio phorbanta is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa).


Description

The fore wings are black. A blue band dominates the wing. At the wing tip there are two blue spots.
The underside is brown.

The hind wings are black and they have short tails. The edge is wavy. At the outer edge there is a chain of little, blue spots. A large blue area dominates the wing.
The underside is brown. A chain of little, yellow spots dominates the wing.

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

Sex differences: The female is brown. At the outer edge of the hindwings there is a chain of white spots.


Distribution

Papilio phorbanta is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly on Reunion and the Seychelles.


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

Larval food

Rutaceae:

General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1771 by Linnaeus. There is only one subspecies.

Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio epiphorbas Boisduval 1833

Papilio manlius Fabricius 1798


Scientific name

Papilio phorbanta Linnaeus 1771


Other names

Papillon La Pature


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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