Papilio bromius (Broad Green-Banded Swallowtail)

Papilio bromius , also called Broad Green-Banded Swallowtail  is a simple butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1845 by Doubleday. With a wingspan of 10.0 – 11.0 cm the Broad Green-Banded Swallowtail is a big member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The butterfly is black with a broad, green band. Hind wings have no tails.

Photos for easy identification

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer

These are nice photos of Papilio bromius (Broad Green-Banded Swallowtail). Papilio bromius is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa).


The forewings are black. At the margin there is a chain of very small green spots. In the middle of wing there is a broad green band. At the pinion there is an isolated green spot.
The underside is brown. The veins are dark. In back there are some little white spots.

The hind wings are black and have no tails. The margin is ridged. At the margin there is a chains of green spots. There is a very broad green band on wing.
The underside is brown. At the margin there is a chain of golden spots.

The body is black, but the underside is brown.

Sex differences: The female is darker than male.


The Broad Green Banded Swallowtail (Papilio bromius) is a butterfly of the Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The distribution extend from Senegal to Somalia and from Somalia to Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

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

Larval food


General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1845 by Doubleday. There are some subspecies.

There are many similar species.

Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio epiphorbas Boisduval 1833

Papilio microps Storace 1951

Papilio nireus Linnaeus 1758 (Narrow Green-Banded Swallowtail) 

Papilio oribazus Boisduval 1836 

Papilio sosia Rothschild & Jordan 1903

Scientific name

Papilio bromius Doubleday 1845


 Broad Green-Banded Swallowtail
 Grüner, breit gebänderter Schwalbenschwanz

Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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