Graphium policenes (Small Striped Swordtail)

Graphium policenes, also called Small Striped Swordtail is a butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1775 by Cramer. The wingspan is about 7 – 9 cm. Graphium policenes is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The butterfly is black with greenish stripes and spots. Hind wings have very long tails.



Photos for easy identification

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see some photos of Graphium policenes (Small Striped Swordtail). Graphium policenes is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa).


Description

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


Distribution

Graphium policenes 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 1775 by Cramer. There is only one subspecies.

Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Graphium antheus Cramer 1779

Graphium evombar Boisduval 1836

Graphium polistratus Grose-Smith 1889


Scientific name

Graphium policenes Cramer 1775


Other names

 Small Striped Swordtail


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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