Papilio sjoestedti (Kilimanjaro Swallowtail)
Papilio sjoestedti, also called Kilimanjaro Swallowtail is a butterfly from . 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
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.
Papilio sjoestedti is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly in Tanzania.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1908 by Aurivillius. There is only one subspecies.
- Papilio sjoestedti atavus [Le Cerf, 1912]
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 sjoestedti Aurivillius 1908
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: SJOESTEDTI