Papilio leucotaenia (Cream-Banded Swallowtail)
Papilio leucotaenia, also called Cream-Banded Swallowtail is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1908 by Rothschild. The wingspan is about 10 – 11 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Papilio leucotaenia is dark-brown. A yellowish band dominates the wings.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are dark-brown. A yellowish band dominates the wing.
The underside of Papilio leucotaenia is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour of the wing tip is brown-pied.
The hind wings of Papilio leucotaenia are dark-brown and they have tails. The edge is wavy. A broad, yellowish band dominates the wing.
The underside is brown-pied.
The body (abdomen) is dark-brown. The thorax and the head are dark-brown. The underside of all parts is brown.
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Papilio leucotaenia is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Uganda until Burundi.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1908 by Rothschild. 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 leucotaenia Rothschild 1908
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: LEUCOTAENIA