Graphium policenes (Small Striped Swordtail)
Photos for easy identification
The forewings are black or dark brown. At the margin there is a chain of small greenish spots. There is a chain of big greenish spots in the middle of wing. At the wing leading edge there are some short greenish stripes.
The underside is a copy of upside, but the black is change to brown. Sometimes the big spots are fusion with the smaller one from margin.
The hind wings are black or dark brown and have very long tails. The margin is ridged. At the margin there is a chain of small greenish spots. There is a chain of big greenish spots in the middle of wing. Nearby the body there is a long greenish stripe.
The underside is a copy of upside, but the black is change to brown and all greenish areas are broader than upside. There is a red stripe in the middle of wing.
The body is black, but the underside is whitish.
Sex differences: None
Graphium policenes is a butterfly of the Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). You can observe this butterfly in Africa (south of Sahara).
- Landolphia buchananii
- Landolphia ugandensis
- Uvaria angolensis
- Uvaria caffra
- Uvaria versicolor
The first description of this butterfly was in 1775 by Cramer. There is only one subspecies.
- Graphium policenes laurentia [le Cerf, 1924]
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 policenes Cramer 1775
Small Striped Swordtail
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: POLICENES