Papilio cynorta (Mimetic Swallowtail)
Papilio cynorta, also called Mimetic Swallowtail is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1793 by Fabricius. The wingspan is about 8 – 9 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Papilio cynorta 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 chain of big, yellowish spots.
The underside of Papilio cynorta is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is darkbrown. The veins are black.
The hind wings of Papilio cynorta are black. The edge is wavy. A 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.
Sex differences: The fore wings of the female are black. They have two big, white spots. The hind wings are brown and they have many, black veins and stripes.
Papilio cynorta is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Sierra Leone until Tanzania.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1793 by Fabricius. There are no subspecies.
The female mimics Acraea epaea.
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
-no entry- (as at 23.06.2005)
- EU regulation on trading with species of wild Fauna and Flora
-no entry- (as at 19.08.2005)
- IUCN Red List of threatened species:
-no entry- (as at 2004) (see: www.redlist.org/)
Similar and closely-related species
Acraea epaea Cramer 1779
Papilio cynorta Fabricius 1793
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: CYNORTA