Papilio godeffroyi

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Godeffroy's swallowtail
Papiliogodeffroyi Semper,1866.jpg
Papilio godeffroyi in Adalbert Seitz's The Macrolepidoptera of the World
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Genus: Papilio
Species: P. godeffroyi
Binomial name
Papilio godeffroyi
Semper, 1866

Papilio godeffroyi, the Godeffroy's swallowtail, (Samoan pepe ae) is a butterfly of the family Papilionidae.

Papilio godeffroyi is endemic to all of Samoa, but it is now found only on the island of Tutuila, where it is uncommon but widespread and restricted to undisturbed or near-undisturbed rainforest. This is only around 5% of its original range, and the species has recently been submitted to the IUCN Red List as critically endangered.

The larva feeds on Micromelum minutum (Rutaceae), locally called talafalu.

The species, named to honour Johann Cesar VI. Godeffroy, is illustrated on a Samoan postage stamp issued on 14 December 2001.

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  • Hopkins, G. 1927. Butterflies of Samoa and Some Neighboring Island-groups. Insects of Samoa. Part III. Fascicle 1. London: Bishop Museum Natural History, pp 1–64.