Papilio mechowi (Dewitz, 1881)

W. Uganda; 12/88

    Local but common in much of central tropical Africa from Gabon and Cameroon to S Sudan and E to Uganda. A member of the very confusing "zenobia group". Very similar and conspecific with P gallienus but quickly told apart (males) by the lack of androconial patches on the FW recto. The spots of the median band and also sharply defined on their marginal side in contrast to gallienus. Gallienus also has a darker ground color on the verso surface.