Graphium morania (Small White-Lady Swordtail)
Graphium morania, also called Small White-Lady Swordtail is a . The first description was in 1849 by Angas. The wingspan is about 6 – 7 cm. Graphium morania 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
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 morania 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 morania 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. The underside of the abdomen is yellowish.
Sex differences: ---
- Artabotrys brachypetalus
- Artabotrys monteiroae
- Annona senegalensis
- Hexalobus monopetalus
- Uvaria caffra
The first description of this butterfly was in 1849 by Angas. There are no subspecies.
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
- EU regulation on trading with species of wild Fauna and Flora
- IUCN Red List of threatened species:
Similar and closely-related species
Graphium morania Angas 1849
Small White-Lady Swordtail, White Lady Swallowtail
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: PAPILIONIDAE
- Subfamilie: PAPILIONINAE
- Tribe: LEPTOCIRCINI
- Genus: GRAPHIUM
- Specific name: MORANIA