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Tailed Jay, Green-spotted Jay or Green Leopard

Graphium agamemnon


The Tailed Jay (Graphium agamemnon) is a predominantly green and black tropical butterfly that belongs to the swallowtail family. The butterfly is also called Green-spotted Triangle, Tailed Green Jay, or the Green Triangle. It is a common, nonthreatened species native to India, Sri Lanka through Southeast Asia and Australia. Several geographic races are recognized. Strong and restless fliers, they are very active butterflies and flutter their wings constantly even when at flowers. They are seldom seen drinking from damp patches. The males are particularly fond of nectaring from flowers such as Lantana, Ixora, Mussaenda, and Poinsettia. The females are more likely caught when looking for foodplants or laying eggs. Tailed Jays are active throughout the year but their abundance depends upon the local monsoon and availability of the larval host plants. The butterflies generally fly among the tree-tops but descend to ground level in search of flowers or host plants. Because of their relatively fast life cycle (just over one month from egg to adult), Tailed Jays are multivoltine and may produce up to 7–8 broods per year. SOURCE: Wikipedia


Once found primarily close to wooded country where there is a fairly heavy rainfall, the Tailed Jay is now very common at low elevations and regularly seen in gardens and urban areas due to its foodplant, Polyalthia longifolia (False Ashoka or Mast Tree), being widely used as an ornamental tree.


I have seen this butterfly fly through my yard suoer fast - speedy gonzales - on 2 or 3 occasions, but today, just at sunset, it stopped to rest. I love the green colour...

1 Species ID Suggestions

MartinL 8 years ago
Green leopard, (green spotted jay)
Graphium agamemnon

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pamsai 8 years ago

thanks Martini. I don't find Green Leopard in Wiki. It suggests Tailed Jay or green spotted jay and looks like the same butterfly. Maybe Green Leopard is the name they have Down Under?

pamsai 8 years ago

any way to tell if this is male or female?

pamsai 8 years ago

Oh great Martini, thanks. I have been wondering who this 'speedy gonzales' visitor was...

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Tamil Nadu, India

Spotted on Mar 25, 2012
Submitted on Mar 25, 2012

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