Butterflies of Africa
Family - PAPILIONIDAE
Tribe - PAPILIONINI
© Adrian Hoskins
In Africa there
are about 90 known species of Papilionidae, of which 60 are placed
in Papilio - a huge genus comprising of
210 species worldwide.
There are several
quite narrow bands on it's
and sosia which has
wider and more bluish bands.
as it's vernacular name implies has broad green bands. All three
species have similar undersides.
was formerly known as bromius, but a
change of name was enforced after it was revealed that the name
bromius was in use for another species.
The butterfly is found from Sierra Leone to Uganda, Kenya and
This is a
forest species, most commonly seen along logging roads or in
secondary forest, but it
sometimes be found in
botanical gardens, arboreta
The larval foodplants include
Males commonly settle at damp patches on
logging roads in groups of 4 or 5 to imbibe mineralised moisture.
They are very wary and flutter their
wings nervously for several minutes after settling.
are rarely seen but can sometimes be spotted in flight when searching
for oviposition sites.
© Peter Bygate