Spot Swordtail Butterfly

The Spot Swordtail Butterfly (Graphium nomius) is an insect in the Papilionidae family of swallowtail butterflies. 

The Spot Swordtail Butterfly has a line of distinct white spots along the margin of its wings. One of the hind (back) wings has black markings on the underside. On the upperside, it is black and yellowish-cream, with broad stripes on the edge of its front wings. It has both spots and stripes on its hind wings. It has distinct black swordtails. Its body is black with medium-sized black antennae. 

Spot Swordtail Butterfly

It measures 7-10 centimetres (3-4 inches) across.

It is found in South Asia and South-east Asia, in countries such as Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. It prefers forest areas. It is active from February to June.

It flies close to the ground.

The female lays eggs on the upper or under surface of leaves. The larva (caterpillar) is black. The caterpillar pupates by forming a chrysalis, and an adult butterfly emerges. This is called metamorphosis.

Location of photograph: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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