Largest butterflies of Britain and Africa

Largest butterflies of Britain and Africa

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Caption: Papilio antimachus (Giant African Swallowtail, below) and Papilio machaon (British Swallowtail, above) showing the largest African and largest native British Butterfly respectively. Both are members of the same butterfly family the Papilionidae. The group is commonly known as swallowtails, though as P. antimachus reveals not all species share the trait.

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Keywords: africa, antimachus, british, butterfly, comparison, giant, large, lepidoptera, machaon, papilio, papilionid, size, small, swallowtail, tropics

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