Species of the week

Meet the Small Striped Swordtail, one of the butterflies that is part of the Mozambican fauna.

Common Name: Small Striped Swordtail| Scientific Name: Graphium policenes

Kingdom: Animalia | Filo: Arthropoda| Class: Insecta| Order: Lepidoptera| Family: Papilionoidea| Genus: Graphium

Length: The wingspan is about 7-9cm.

Description

The body of Graphium policenes is black but the underside is whitish.

The forewings are black or dark brown with a chain of big greenish spots in the middle of the wing, small greenish spots at the margin and short green stripes at the wing leading edge. The underside is a copy of upside, but the black change to brown.

The hind wings are black or dark brown and have very long tails. They have a chain of big greenish spots in the middle of the wing, small greenish spots at the rigid margin and a long green stripe nearby the body. The underside is a copy of upside, but the black change to Brown, all greenish areas are broader than upside and there is a red stripe in the middle of wing.

This butterfly don’t have sexual dimorphism.

 

 

Distribution

Graphium policenes is a butterfly of the Afrotropic ecozone and it easy to find in african continent at the south of Sahara.

Diet

In the larval period this species feeds of annonaceae species, as Annona, Artabotrys, Landolphia buchananii, Landolphia ugandensis, Monodora, Uvaria angolensis, Uvaria caffra, Uvaria versicolor.

Reproduction

Butterflies go through a life cycle. A butterfly has four stages in its life cycle, the eggs stage, the caterpillar (larve) stage, the chrisalys (pupa) stage and the butterfly (adult) stage. Each stage is different. Each stage also has a different goal. A butterfly becoming an adult is called metamorphosis.

 

Curiosities

Small Striped Swordtail don’t have sexual dimorphism.

The species has continuous broods during warmer months.

Sources

http://en.butterflycorner.net/Graphium-policenes-Small-Striped-Swordtail-Schmal-Gestreifter-Schwertschwanz.498.0.html

http://www3.canisius.edu/~grandem/butterflylifecycle/The_Lifecycle_of_a_Butterfly_print.html