Graphium polistratus (Dancing Swordtail)

Graphium polistratus, also called Dancing Swordtail is a butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1889 by Grose-Smith. The wingspan is about 7 – 8 cm. Graphium polistratus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The butterfly is black. Yellowish stripes and spots dominate the wing. Hind wings have very long tails.



Photos for easy identification

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

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


Description

The forewings are black. At the front edge there are some yellowish stripes. At the outer edge and in the middle of the wing there is a chain of yellowish spots.
The underside of Graphium polistratus is very similar to the upside. But, the the basic colour is brown.

The hind wings of Graphium polistratus are black and they have long tails. The edge is wavy. Next to the body there are some yellowish stripes. At the outer edge there are two chains of small yellowish spots.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, there are additional red spots and the basic colour is brown.

The body is black. The thorax and the head are black. The underside of all parts is yellowish.

Sex differences: ---


Distribution

Graphium polistratus is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Nigeria until Tanzania and Mozambique.

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 1889 by Grose-Smith. There are no subspecies.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Graphium porthaon Hewitson 1865


Scientific name

Graphium polistratus Grose-Smith 1889


Other names

Dancing Swordtail


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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