Papilio thuraui

Papilio thuraui is a butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1900 by Karsch. The wingspan is about 9 – 10 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Papilio thuraui is black. Blue 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
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer

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


Description

The fore wings are black. A chain of blue spots dominates the wing.
The underside of Papilio thuraui is dark-brown. The wing tip is brown. Some yellow spots dominate the wing.  

The hind wings of Papilio thuraui are black. The edge is very wavy. At the outer edge there is a chain of blue spots.
The underside is dark-brown. In the middle of the wing there is a brown band. At the outer edge there is a chain of yellow spots. At the inner edge there are two yellow spots.  

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

Sex differences: The basic colour of the female is brown.


Distribution

Papilio thuraui is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Republic of the Congo until Tanzania.

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

Larval food

Rutaceae:

General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1900 by Karsch. There are five subspecies.

Protection provisions / Red List

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Scientific name

Papilio thuraui Karsch 1900


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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