Papilio mackinnoni (MacKinnon´s Swallowtail)
Papilio mackinnoni, also called MacKinnon´s Swallowtail is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1891 by Sharpe. The wingspan is about 10 – 11 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Papilio mackinnoni is black. A chain of yellow spots dominates the wings.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are black. A chain of yellow spots dominates the wing. At the front edge there is a yellow spot too.
The underside of Papilio mackinnoni is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is dark-brown. The wing tip is brown.
The hind wings of Papilio mackinnoni are black and they have tails. The edge is wavy. A chain of yellow spots dominates the wing.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown-pied.
The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax and the head are black. The underside of all parts is brown.
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Papilio mackinnoni is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Angola until Sudan.
- Teclea nobilis
- Teclea simplicifolia
- Teclea trichocarpa
The first description of this butterfly was in 1891 by Sharpe. There are five subspecies.
- Papilio mackinnoni benguellae [Jordan, 1908]
- Papilio mackinnoni isokae [Hancock, 1984]
- Papilio mackinnoni mpwapwana [Kielland, 1990]
- Papilio mackinnoni reductofascia [Kielland, 1990]
- Papilio mackinnoni theodori [Riley, 1921]
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 mackinnoni Sharpe 1891
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: MACKINNONI