Graphium tynderaeus (Green-spotted Swallowtail)

Graphium tynderaeus, also called Green-Spotted Swallowtail  is a butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1793 by Fabricius. The wingspan is about 8 – 10 cm. Graphium tynderaeus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of this butterfly is black. Many green spots dominate the wings. Hind wings have no tails.



Photos for easy identification

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; from assortment of Dr. Hildegard Winkler specialty shop of entomology (see links)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; from assortment of Dr. Hildegard Winkler specialty shop of entomology (see links)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; from assortment of Dr. Hildegard Winkler specialty shop of entomology (see links)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; from assortment of Dr. Hildegard Winkler specialty shop of entomology (see links)

Here you can see some photos of Graphium tynderaeus (Green-Spotted Swallowtail). Graphium tynderaeus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa).


Description

The forewings are black. At the margin there is a chain of small green spots. In the middle of wing there is a chain of big green spots. An the wing leading edge there are some green spots.
The underside is a copy of upside, but the ground is dark brown and marmorate.

The hind wings are black and have no tails. The margin is ridged. At the margin there is a chains of uneven green spots. Nearby the body there is a broad green area.
The underside is a copy of upside, but the ground is dark brown and marmorate.

The body is black, but the underside is brown.

Sex differences:


Distribution

Graphium tynderaeus is a butterfly of the Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). You can observe this butterfly from Liberia and Nigeria to Central African Republic and Angola.

This world map shows the ecozones in which this butterfly is distributed.

Larval food

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General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1793 by Fabricius. There are no subspecies.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Graphium latreillianus Godart 1819


Scientific name

Graphium tynderaeus Fabricius 1793


Other names

 Green-Spotted Swallowtail


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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