Graphium leonidas (Veined Swordtail)
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are black. The edge is wavy. Many white spots dominate the wing.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown.
The hind wings are black. The edge is wavy. At the outer edge there are two chains of little white spots. Next to the body there is a large white area.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown. And the veins are very dark.
The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax is black. The head is black. The underside of all parts is black and it has white spots. The underside of the abdomen is white.
Sex differences: ---
Graphium leonidas is a butterfly of the Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). You can observe this butterfly in Africa (south of Sahara).
- Annona senegalensis
- Landolphia buchananii
- Landolphia ugandensis
- Monanthotaxis caffra
- Uvaria leptocladon
- Uvaria versicolor
The first description of this butterfly was in 1793 by Fabricius. There are three subspecies.
- Graphium leonidas santamarthae [Joicey & Talbot, 1927]
- Graphium leonidas thomasius [Le Cerf, 1924]
- Graphium leonidas pelopidas [Oberthür, 1879]
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 leonidas Fabricius 1793
Veined Swordtail, Common Graphium
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: LEONIDAS