Papilio sosia (Medium Green-Banded Swallowtail)

Papilio sosia, also called Medium Green-Banded Swallowtail is a butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1903 by Rothschild & Jordan. The wingspan is about 10 – 11 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Papilio sosia is black. Green spots and bands 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 sosia pulchra (Medium Green-Banded Swallowtail) (male above / female below). Papilio sosia is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa).


Description

The fore wings are black. At the wing-tip there are two little, green spots. A green band dominates the wing.
The underside of Papilio sosia is dark-brown.

The hind wings of Papilio sosia are black. The edge is very wavy. At the outer edge there is a chain of green spots. A broad, green band dominates the wing.
The underside is dark-brown. At the outer edge there is a chain of yellow spots. At the inner edge there are two yellow spots.  

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

Sex differences: The basic colour of the female is brown. It has an additional chain of spots at the underside of the wings.


Distribution

Papilio sosia is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Sierra Leone until Tanzania.

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

Larval food

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General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1903 by Rothschild & Jordan. There are two subspecies.

Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio bromius Doubleday 1845

Papilio microps Storeace 1951

Papilio nireus Linnaeus 1758


Scientific name

Papilio sosia Rothschild & Jordan 1903


Other names

Medium Green-Banded Swallowtail


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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