Blue-banded Swallowtail (Papilio nireus)


 
Living image of a Blue-banded SwallowtailFamily: Papilionidae (swallowtails).
 
Geographic Distribution: Africa. Sierra Leone to Kenya to the Cape of South Africa.
 
Wingspan: 90-120 mm (3.5 - 4.75 in).
 
Larval host plants: Citrus sp., Fagara sp., Teclea sp., Vepris sp., Toddalia sp., Calodendrum sp., and other species of Rutaceae.
 
Habitats: Forest, bush, savannah.
 
Identification: Sexually dimorphic. Both sexes are black with blue stipes running the length of the fore and hindwings. In the female, the stripe is greenish; females also lack the white hindwing stripe present in males.
 
Small image of a Blue-banded Swallowtail specimen
Blue-banded Swallowtail
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