Papilio plagiatus (Mountain Mimic Swallowtail)

Papilio plagiatus, also called Mountain Mimic Swallowtail is a butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1898 by Aurivillius. The wingspan is about 8 – 9 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Papilio plagiatus is black. White areas and spots dominate the wings.

Photos for easy identification

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see some photos of Papilio plagiatus (Mountain Mimic Swallowtail). Papilio plagiatus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa).


The fore wings are black. In the middle of the wing there is a chain of large, white spots.
The underside of Papilio plagiatus is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown.

The hind wings of Papilio plagiatus are black. The edge is wavy. A very big, white area dominates the wing.
The underside is brown. Next to the body there is a red-brown area with black spots and stripes. In the middle of the wing there is a white band with black veins and stripes.  

The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax and the head are black. The underside of all parts is brown.

Sex differences:---


Papilio plagiatus is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Nigeria until Sudan.

This world map shows the ecozones in which this butterfly is distributed.

Larval food


General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1898 by Aurivillius. There are no subspecies.

Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio cynorta Fabricius 1793

Scientific name

Papilio plagiatus Aurivillius 1898

Other names

Mountain Mimic Swallowtail

Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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