Papilio nireus (Narrow Green Banded Swallowtail)
Photos for easy identification
These are nice photos of Papilio nireus (Narrow Green Banded Swallowtail) (male above / female below). Papilio nireus is a member of the
The fore wings are black. At the wing-tip there is a little, green spots. A green band dominates the wing.
The underside of Papilio nireus is dark-brown.
The hind wings of Papilio nireus are black. The edge is wavy. At the outer edge there is a chain of little, green spots. A broad, green band dominates the wing.
The underside is dark-brown. At the outer edge there is a chain of golden spots. At the inner edge there are two golden spots.
The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax and the head are black. The underside of all parts is dark-brown.
Sex differences: The basic colour of the female is brown. It has no golden spots on the underside.
- Calodendrum capense
- Citrus aurantium
- Citrus limonia
- Clausena anisata
- Teclea natalensis
- Teclea swynnertonii
- Toddalia asiatica
- Vepris undulata
The first description of this butterfly was in 1758 by Linnaeus. There are only three subspecies.
- Papilio nireus lyaeus [Doubleday, 1845]
- Papilio nireus pseudonireus [Felder, 1865]
- Papilio nireus wilsoni [Rothschild]
The caterpillar live on citrus-plants. The Narrow Green Banded Swallowtail is easy to find on flowers, because it is not shy. There are some very similar species.
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 nireus Linnaeus 1758
Narrow 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: NIREUS