Graphium kirbyi (Kirby´s Swordtail)
Graphium kirbyi, also called Kirby´s Swordtail is a . The first description was in 1872 by Hewitson. The wingspan is about 8 – 9 cm. Graphium kirbyi a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of this butterfly is darkbrown. Yellowish bands dominate the wings. The hind wings have long tails.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are darkbrown. One yellowish band dominates the wing.
The underside of Graphium kirbyi is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown.
The hind wings of Graphium kirbyi are dark-brown or black and they have long tails. The edge is wavy. One yellowish band dominates the wing. At the outer edge there is a chain of yellowish spots.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, there are additional red spots.
The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax and the head are black. The underside of all parts is yellowish.
Sex differences: ---
- Annona senegalensis
- Artabotrys sp.
- Monodora sp.
- Uvaria sp.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1872 by Hewitson. 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 kirbyi Hewitson 1872
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: KIRBYI