Papilio sosia (Medium Green-Banded Swallowtail)
Photos for easy identification
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.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1903 by Rothschild & Jordan. There are two subspecies.
- Papilio sosia debilis [Storace, 1951]
- Papilio sosia pulchra [Berger, 1950]
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 sosia Rothschild & Jordan 1903
Medium Green-Banded Swallowtail
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: SOSIA