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Papilio desmondi

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Papilionidae
Scientific name  Papilio desmondi
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Tribe  Papilionini
Rank  Species
Papilio desmondi swallowtailsnetPdesmondidesmondiJPG
Similar  Papilio hornimani, Papilio chrapkowskii, Papilio charopus, Papilio fuelleborni, Papilio sosia

Papilio desmondi, the Desmond's green-banded swallowtail, is a butterfly of the family Papilionidae. It is found in Africa.


The larvae feed on Vepris eugeniifolia, Teclea, Clausena, Zanthoxylum, Calodendrum, and Citrus species.


  • Papilio desmondi desmondi (Chyulu Hills of south-eastern Kenya)
  • Papilio desmondi magdae Gifford, 1961 (northern Tanzania)
  • Papilio desmondi teita van Someren, 1960 (south-eastern Kenya)
  • Papilio desmondi usambaraensis (Koçak, 1980) (Tanzania, northern Malawi, north-eastern Zambia)
  • Taxonomy

    Papilio desmondi belongs to a clade called the nireus species group with 13 members. The pattern is black with green bands and spots and the butterflies, although called swallowtails lack tails with the exception of Papilio charopus. The clade members are:

  • Papilio aristophontes Oberthür, 1897
  • Papilio nireus Linnaeus, 1758
  • Papilio charopus Westwood, 1843
  • Papilio chrapkowskii Suffert, 1904
  • Papilio chrapkowskoides Storace, 1952
  • Papilio desmondi van Someren, 1939
  • Papilio hornimani Distant, 1879
  • Papilio interjectana Vane-Wright, 1995
  • Papilio sosia Rothschild & Jordan, 1903
  • Papilio thuraui Karsch, 1900
  • Papilio ufipa Carcasson, 1961
  • Papilio wilsoni Rothschild, 1926
  • References

    Papilio desmondi Wikipedia