Graphium polistratus (Dancing Swordtail)
Graphium polistratus, also called Dancing Swordtail is a . 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
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: ---
- Annona sp.
- Artabotrys sp.
- Monodora sp.
- Uvaria sp.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1889 by Grose-Smith. 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 polistratus Grose-Smith 1889
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: POLISTRATUS