Graphium leonidas (Veined Swordtail)

Graphium leonidas, also called Veined Swordtail is a butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1793 by Fabricius. The wingspan is about 8 – 10 cm. Graphium leonidas is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The butterfly is black. White spots and areas dominate the wings. 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 leonidas (Veined Swordtail). Graphium leonidas is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa).


Description

The fore wings are black. The edge is wavy. Many white spots dominate the wing.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown. 

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

The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax is black. The head is black. The underside of all parts is black and it has white spots. The underside of the abdomen is white.

Sex differences: ---


Distribution

Graphium leonidas is a butterfly of the Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). You can observe this butterfly in Africa (south of Sahara). 

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 1793 by Fabricius. There are three subspecies.

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

Here you can see the subspecies Graphium leonidas pelopidas. The wingspan is about 8 - 9 cm.

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

Here you can see the form Graphium leonidas f plagifera. The wingspan is about 6 - 9 cm.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Graphium adamastor Boisduval 1836


Scientific name

Graphium leonidas Fabricius 1793


Other names

 Veined Swordtail, Common Graphium


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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