Papilio hesperus

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Papilio hesperus
The neck1.jpg
Papilio hesperus hesperus MHNT.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Tribe: Papilionini
Genus: Papilio
Species: P. hesperus
Binomial name
Papilio hesperus
Westwood, 1843[1][2]
  • Princeps hesperus
  • Papilio embodinus Ehrmann, 1921
  • Papilio horribilis var. calabaricus Distant, 1879
  • Papilio hesperus maculatissimus Suffert, 1904
  • Papilio hesperus f. additionis Strand, 1913
  • Papilio hesperus f. bukoba Richelmann, 1913
  • Papilio hesperus ab. dualana Strand, 1914
  • Papilio hesperus var. kassaiensis Moreau, 1917
  • Papilio hesperus f. insolitus Le Cerf, 1924
  • Papilio hesperus f. rufopuncta Stoneham, 1944
  • Papilio hesperus hesperus ab. lagai Dufrane, 1946
  • Papilio hesperus hesperus ab. blariauxi Dufrane, 1946
  • Papilio hesperus hesperus ab. cuvelieri Dufrane, 1946
  • Papilio hesperus hesperus f. mariae Dufrane, 1953
  • Papilio hesperus hesperus f. punctata Dufrane, 1953

Papilio hesperus, the black and yellow swallowtail or Hesperus swallowtail, is a butterfly of the family Papilionidae. It is found in Africa.

The larvae feed on Beilschmiedia species, including Beilschmiedia ugandensis.


Papilio hesperus is the nominal member of the hesperus species group. The members of the clade are:


  • Papilio hesperus hesperus (Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Congo, Congo Republic, Uganda, north-western Tanzania, northern Zambia)
  • Papilio hesperus feae Storace, 1963 (Equatorial Guinea)
  • Papilio hesperus sudana Gabriel, 1945 (southern Sudan)


Congolian forests and surrounding likk ecoregions.


Afrotropic ecozone.


  • Carcasson, R.H., 1960 "The Swallowtail Butterflies of East Africa (Lepidoptera, Papilionidae)". Journal of the East Africa Natural History Society pdf Key to East Africa members of the Papilionidae, diagnostic and other notes and figures. (Permission to host granted by The East Africa Natural History Society

External links[edit]