Graphium latreillianus (Coppery Swordtail)

Graphium latreillianus, also called Coppery Swordtail is a butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1819 by Godart. The wingspan is about 8 – 9 cm. Graphium latreillianus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of this butterfly is dark-brown. A chain of large, yellow-green spots dominates the fore 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 latreillianus theorini . Graphium latreillianus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa).


Description

The fore wings are dark-brown. In the middle of the wing there is a chain of large, yellow-green spots.
The underside of Graphium latreillianus is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown.

The hind wings of Graphium latreillianus are dark-brown. The edge is wavy. Next to the body there is a yellow-green band. At the outer edge there is a chain of yellow-green stripes.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown. There are many, additional black spots.

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

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Distribution

Graphium latreillianus is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Sierra Leone until Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola.

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

Larval food

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General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1819 by Godart. There is only one subspecies.

Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Graphium tynderaeus Fabricius 1793


Scientific name

Graphium latreillianus Godart 1819


Other names

Coppery Swordtail


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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