Graphium antheus (Large-Striped Swordtail)

Graphium antheus, also called Large-Striped Swordtail is a butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1779 by Cramer. The wingspan is about 9 – 10 cm. Graphium antheus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of this butterfly is darkbrown or black. Yellow-green spots and stripes dominate the wings. The hind wings have long 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 antheus (Large-Striped Swordtail). Graphium antheus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa).


Description

The fore wings are darkbrown or black. At the front edge there is a chain of yellow-green stripes. In the middle of the wing there is a chain of large, yellow-green spots. At the outer edge there is a chain of small, yellow-green spots.
The underside of Graphium antheus is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown.

The hind wings of Graphium antheus are black and they have long tails. The edge is wavy. Many large yellow-green spots dominate the wing. At the outer edge there is a chain of little, yellow-green spots. At the inner edge there is a red eye-spot.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown. There is an additional red-black spot.

The body (abdomen) is black-yellow. The thorax and the head are black-yellow. The underside of all parts is yellowish. 

Sex differences: ---


Distribution

Graphium antheus is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Sierra Leone until Tanzania and Angola.

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 Cramer. There are no subspecies.

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

Here you can see another one of Graphium antheus (Large-Striped Swordtail).


Macro - photos

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Graphium antheus (underside)

Here you can see some macro photos of Graphium antheus.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Graphium evombar Boisduval 1836

Graphium policenes Cramer 1775


Scientific name

Graphium antheus Cramer 1779


Other names

Large-Striped Swordtail


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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