Papilio hornimani (Horniman's Swallowtail)
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are dark-brown or black. A blue band dominates the wing.
The underside is brown. Four yellowish spots dominate the wing.
The hind wings are dark-brown or black and they have tails. The edge is wavy. At the outer edge there is a chain of little, blue spots. A blue band dominates the wing.
The underside is brown. A chain of little, yellow spots dominate the wing.
The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax and the head are black. The underside of all parts is brown.
Sex differences: ---
The first description of this butterfly was in 1879 by Distant. There are two subspecies.
- Papilio hornimani mbulu [Kielland, 1990]
- Papilio hornimani mwanihanae [Kielland, 1987]
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 hornimani Distant 1879
Horniman's Swallowtail, Hornimans Green-Banded Swallowtail
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: HORNIMANI