Emperor Swallowtail (Papilio ophidicephalus)


 
Living image of an Emperor Swallowtail on a flower, ventral view Living image of an Emperor Swallowtail on a flower, dorsal view
Family: Papilionidae (swallowtails).
 
Geographic Distribution: Africa.
 
Wingspan: up to 120mm.
 
Larval host plants: Citrus spp., other Rutaceae, especially Zanthoxylum spp. and Clausena spp.
 
Habits: Tropical forest.
 
Identification: An impressive black swallowtail with a distinctive pattern of pale yellow marginal spots and bands on both the forewings and hindwings. Hindwings are notable for the especially long tails, and blue and red eyespots.
 


Thumbnail of an Emperor Swallowtail, dorsal view
Emperor Swallowtail,
Dorsal View
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Thumbnail of an Emperor Swallowtail, ventral view
Emperor Swallowtail,
Ventral View
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