Mocker Swallowtail (Papilio dardanus)


 
Live image of Mocker Swallowtail Family: Papilionidae (swallowtails).
 
Geographic Distribution: Africa.
 
Wingspan: 90-108 mm (3.5-4.25 in).
 
Larval host plants: Cultivated citrus (Citrus spp.) and related species.
 
Habits: Tropical forest.
 
Identification: Males are yellowish white with black markings. Females, such as the one in the photo, have several forms that mimic species of Danaus. The nonmimetic females have hindwing tails and are similar in color to the male.
 


Thumbnail of male Mocker Swallowtail specimen, dorsal view
Male Mocker Swallowtail,
Dorsal View
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Thumbnail of male Mocker Swallowtail specimen, ventral view
Male Mocker Swallowtail,
Ventral View
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Thumbnail of female Mocker Swallowtail specimen, dorsal view
Female Mocker Swallowtail,
Dorsal View
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Thumbnail of female Mocker Swallowtail specimen, ventral view
Female Mocker Swallowtail,
Ventral View
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