Papilio ophidicephalus

20x15x6cm frame (black)


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.


This butterfly has been prepared in the UK to museum standards and is displayed in a deep handmade shadowbox frame, mounted on white conservation-grade foam. The back of the frame is covered in really special Italian decorative paper, with a brass hook for hanging it on the wall (but it also stands perfectly on a mantlepiece or a table). It is completely sealed inside the frame and will last for generations.

Papilio ophidicephalus

SKU: 2015036