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Monday, December 23, 2013

Green-banded Swallowtail (Papilio nireus lyaeus)

Family Papilionidae Papilioninae
An extremely difficult butterfly to catch as it prefers higher areas of the trees as well as not landing anywhere so I was lucky to be able to sweep this one out of the air as it flew by after trying for two weeks to catch it!! LOL!!
 A very large butterfly with a wingspan of 7.5 – 9cm.
 It’s colours make it unmistakable to identify.
Found in most of the northern regions as well as a broad strip along the eastern coast as far south as Mossel Bay.
Info: Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa (Steve Woodhall)

1 comment:

Rhodesia said...

Very pretty. Have a great Christmas and a wonderful 2014. Diane