Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are black. A chain of blue spots dominates the wing.
The underside of Papilio thuraui is dark-brown. The wing tip is brown. Some yellow spots dominate the wing.
The hind wings of Papilio thuraui are black. The edge is very wavy. At the outer edge there is a chain of blue spots.
The underside is dark-brown. In the middle of the wing there is a brown band. At the outer edge there is a chain of yellow spots. At the inner edge there are two yellow 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.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1900 by Karsch. There are five subspecies.
- Papilio thuraui cyclopis [Rothschild & Jordan, 1903]
- Papilio thuraui heathi [Hancock, 1984]
- Papilio thuraui ngorongoro [Hancock, 1984]9
- Papilio thuraui occidua [Storace, 1951]
- Papilio thuraui viphya [Hancock, 1984]
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 thuraui Karsch 1900
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: THURAUI