Papilio zenobia (Zenobia Swallowtail)
Papilio zenobia, also called Zenobia Swallowtail is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1775 by Fabricius. The wingspan is about 10 – 11 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Papilio zenobia is black. Yellowish bands and spots dominate the wings.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are black. In the middle of the wing there is a broad, yellowish band. At the wing-tip there is a yellowish spot.
The underside of Papilio zenobia is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is darkbrown. The veins are black.
The hind wings of Papilio zenobia are black. The edge is wavy. A very broad, yellowish band dominates the wing.
The underside is brown. Next to the body there is a red area with black spots and stripes. In the middle of the wing there is a yellowish band with black veins and stripes.
The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax and the head are black. The underside of all parts is black-yellow-striped.
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Papilio zenobia is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Sierra Leone until the Republic of the Congo.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1775 by Fabricius. There are no subspecies.
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 plagiatus Aurivillius 1898
Papilio zenbia Fabricius 1775
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: ZENOBIA