Papilio sjoestedti (Kilimanjaro Swallowtail)

Papilio sjoestedti, also called Kilimanjaro Swallowtail is a butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1908 by Aurivillius. The wingspan is about 10 – 11 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Papilio sjoestedti is dark-brown. White bands and 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

Here you can see some photos of Papilio sjoestedti (Kilimanjaro Swallowtail) (male above / female below). Papilio sjoestedti is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa).


Description

The fore wings are dark-brown. In the middle of the wing there is a chain of little, white spots.
The underside of Papilio sjoestedti is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown.

The hind wings of Papilio sjoestedti are dark-brown. The edge is wavy. A white band dominates the wing.  
The underside is brown. Next to the body there is a red-brown area with black stripes. In the middle of the wing there is a white band.

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

Sex differences: The female has some white spots at the fore wings. A yellowish area dominates the hind wing.


Distribution

Papilio sjoestedti is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly in Tanzania.

Diese Weltkarte zeigt die zoogeographischen Zonen, in denen die jeweilige Spezies beheimatet ist.

Larval food

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General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1908 by Aurivillius. There is only one subspecies.

Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio echerioides Trimen 1868

Papilio filaprae Suffert 1904

Papilio fuelleborni Karsch 1900


Scientific name

Papilio sjoestedti Aurivillius 1908


Other names

Kilimanjaro Swallowtail


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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