Graphium kirbyi (Kirby´s Swordtail)

Graphium kirbyi, also called Kirby´s Swordtail is a butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1872 by Hewitson. The wingspan is about 8 – 9 cm. Graphium kirbyi a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of this butterfly is darkbrown. Yellowish bands 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  kirbyi (Kirby´s Swordtail). Graphium kirbyi is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa).


Description

The fore wings are darkbrown. One yellowish band dominates the wing.
The underside of Graphium kirbyi is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown.

The hind wings of Graphium kirbyi are dark-brown or black and they have long tails. The edge is wavy. One yellowish band dominates the wing. At the outer edge there is a chain of yellowish spots.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, there are additional red spots.

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

Sex differences: ---


Distribution

Graphium kirbyi is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Kenya until Tanzania.

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 1872 by Hewitson. There are no subspecies.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Graphium illyris Hewitson 1873


Scientific name

Graphium kirbyi Hewitson 1872


Other names

Kirby´s Swordtail


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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