Papilio phorcas (Green Banded Swallowtail)

Papilio phorcas, also called Green Banded Swallowtail  is a butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1775 by Cramer. The wingspan is about 8 – 9 cm. Papilio phorcas is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The butterfly is black with broad, green bands and areas. Hind wings have tails.



Photos for easy identification

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

These are nice photos of Papilio phorcas congoanus (Green Banded Swallowtail). Papilio phorcas is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa).


Description

The fore wings are black. In the middle of the wing there is a broad, green band.
The underside is a copy from upside. But, the basic colour is brown. The band is light-green.

The hind wings are black and they have tails. The edge is wavy. At the outer edge there is a chain of little, green spots. Next to the body there is a big, green area.
The underside is similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown. The area next to the body is light-green.

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

Sex differences: None.


Distribution

Papilio phorcas is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Liberia until Somalia, Zambia and Mozambique.


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 1775 by Cramer. There are some subspecies.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Papilio phorcas ansorgei.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Papilio phorcas congoanus.

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 the subspecies Papilio phorcas nyikanus.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

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Scientific name

Papilio phorcas Cramer 1775


Other names

 Green Banded Swallowtail


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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