Papilio antimachus

Zhao Li2011

Insect Museum of West China

Insect Museum of West China
Chengdu, China

Papilio antimachus, also called African giant swallowtail, is the most poisonous butterfly in the world. It contains a lot of cardiac steroid toxins. The toxin in a male Papilio antimachus can poison 20 cats. The males have narrow forewings with a maximum wingspan of 25cm, ranking first among all the male butterflies. It is also the largets butterfly in Africa. It is found in Uganda, Zaire, Angola and Sierra Leone.


  • Title: Papilio antimachus
  • Creator: Zhao Li
  • Date Created: 2011
  • Type: specimen
  • Location: Zaire, Africa

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