Papilio phorcas (Green Banded Swallowtail)
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are black. In the middle of the wing there is a broad, green band.
The underside is a copy from upside. But, the basic colour is brown. The band is light-green.
The hind wings are black and they have tails. The edge is wavy. At the outer edge there is a chain of little, green spots. Next to the body there is a big, green area.
The underside is similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown. The area next to the body is light-green.
The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax and the head are black. The underside of all parts is yellow.
Sex differences: None.
- Teclea nobilis
- Teclea simplicifolia
- Teclea villosa
The first description of this butterfly was in 1775 by Cramer. There are some subspecies.
Here you can see the subspecies Papilio phorcas nyikanus.
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 phorcas Cramer 1775
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: PHORCAS