Weiskey Swallowtail (Graphium Weiskey)

Weiskey Swallowtail (Graphium Weiskey)

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ITS–G-46-1-WEISKEYThe Weiskey Swallowtail (Graphium  weiskey), called in Indonesian  Kupu-kupu Ekor Walet Ungu, is a member of the family of Papilionidae.

The forewing reaches between eight to nine centimetres if stretched. The black forewing is adorned with clear green spots and large, violet, triangular spots on the upper side. There is a black tail attached to the hind wing. There are three violet spots on the upper area of its tail. The base of the hind wing is adorned with green triangular spots.

This butterfly loves the nectar of the Lauraceae flower. Its larvae, green in colour, love the leaves of the Annonaceae family. This butterfly flies speedily and keeps flapping its wings while perching on flowers.

This species is found in Papua. They are popular with butterfly collectors because of their beauty. As so many have been captured in the past, they are now rare in villages and forests.

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