Papilio zalmoxis Hewitson, 1864
Guineo-Congolian forest species
Wet forest species
Among the largest butterflies in Africa. Wingspan: 150-180 mm The male's upperside is light metallic blue or greeneshi blue with black apex, costa and veins on the forewing and a broad black margin on the hindwing. The veins are black also on the hinding. A row of light blue twin-spots along the hindwing margin is also present. The abdominal fold is whitish. The central part of the forewing underside is whitish, the apical part is brown. The hindwing is rosty-brown with a whitish patch in and around the cell. A narrow black margin and the row of marginal spots are present also on the hindwing. The head and thorax are white-spotted black, the abdomen is bright yellow with black markings. Females are similar-looking, might be slightly smaller and paler in colour.
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