Papilio rex (Regal Swallowtail)
Papilio rex, also called Regal Swallowtail is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1886 by Oberthür. The wingspan is about 11 – 12 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Papilio rex is dark-brown or black. White spots and areas dominate the wings.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are dark-brown or black. Many white spots dominate the wing.
The underside of Papilio rex is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour of the wing tip is brown.
The hind wings of Papilio rex are dark-brown or black. The edge is wavy. Next to the body there is a big, white area with black veins. At the outer edge there is a chain of little, white spots.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown.
The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax and the head are black. The underside ofthe abdomen is white.
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Papilio rex is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Nigeria until Sudan and Tanzania.
- Teclea stuhlmanni
- Teclea trichocarpa
The first description of this butterfly was in 1886 by Oberthür. There are six subspecies.
- Papilio rex abyssinicana [Vane-Wright, 1995]
- Papilio rex alinderi [Bryk, 1928]
- Papilio rex franciscae [Carpenter, 1928]
- Papilio rex mimeticus [Rothschild, 1897]
- Papilio rex regulana [Vane-Wright, 1995]
- Papilio rex schultzei [Aurivillius, 1904]
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 rex Oberthür 1886
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: REX