Graphium angolanus (Angola White-Lady)

Graphium angolanus, also called Angola White-Lady is a butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1779 by Goeze. The wingspan is about 6 – 8 cm. Graphium angolanus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of this butterfly is black. Many white spots and areas dominate the wings. The hind wings have no tails.



Photos for easy identification

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see some photos of Graphium angolanus (Angola White-Lady). Graphium angolanus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa).


Description

The fore wings are black. Many, white spots dominate the wing. Next to the body there is a large, white area.
The underside of Graphium angolanus is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown. Next to the body there is a red area.

The hind wings of Graphium angolanus are black. The edge is wavy. Next to the body there is a large, white area. At the outer edge there are two chains of little, white spots 
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown. Next to the body there is a red area.

The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax and the head are black and they have yellow spots. The underside of the abdomen is yellow. 

Sex differences: ---


Distribution

Graphium angolanus is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Senegal until Ethiopia and Namibia.

This world map shows the ecozones in which this butterfly is distributed.

Larval food

Annonaceae:

General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1779 by Goeze. There is only one subspecies.

Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Graphium morania Angas 1849


Scientific name

Graphium angolanus Goeze 1779


Other names

 Angola White-Lady Swordtail, White Lady


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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