Papilio zalmoxis (Giant Blue Swallowtail)

Papilio zalmoxis, also called Giant Blue Swallowtail is a butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1864 by Hewitson. The wingspan is about 15 – 16 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Papilio zalmoxis is blue. The body is yellow.



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 zalmoxis (Giant Blue Swallowtail) (male above / female below). Papilio zalmoxis is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa).


Description

The fore wings are blue. The wing tip and the veins are black.
The underside of Papilio zalmoxis is white. The wing tip and the veins are brown.

The hind wings of Papilio zalmoxis are blue. The edge is wavy and black. It contains a chain of blue spots.  
The underside is red-brown. The edge is dark-brown and contains a chain of white spots. In the middle of the wing there is a white area. The veins are dark-brown. 

The body (abdomen) is yellow. The thorax and the head are black and they have white spots. The underside of all parts is very simmilar to the upside.

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


Distribution

Papilio zalmoxis is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Sierra Leone until the South of Sudan and Angola.

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 1864 by Hewitson. There are no subspecies.

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Fotograf Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Fotograf Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see a aberration of Papilio zalmoxis.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

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Scientific name

Papilio zalmoxis Hewitson 1864  


Other names

Giant Blue Swallowtail


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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