Papilio ophidicephalus

20x15x6cm frame (blue)


Papilio ophidicephalus, the Emperor Swallowtail, is a butterfly of the family Papilionidae. It is found in Sub-Saharan Africa. Members of this species can reach up to 12 cm across, making it the largest Swallowtail in Tanzania. The butterfly nectars on flowers in the characteristic Papilio manner with forewings beating and the hindwings virtually still. The hindwings of this species are particularly large.


The Latin name 'ophidicephalus' means "snake-head' refering to the mimic eyes on the hindwing. It is found in rain forest all over East Africa down to South Africa.

Papilio ophidicephalus

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