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Leonidas swallowtail

Graphium leonidas


Large butterfly with light blue patches on black wings. Closely resembles, or possibly a mimic of the Dappled Monarch (Tirumala petiverana) which also like this one has no tail. See >>


Wet ground behind the building.


Butterfly, puddling and squirting simultaneously. This is the first time that I would observe this phenomenon in butterflies. It is obvious that some butterflies do not retain all the solution imbibed from puddles, but rather expel some water from the solution as the small quick stream (shown in the video), after the essential nutrients from the solution may have been filtered into the butterfly's system.

1 Species ID Suggestions

blackicecc 7 years ago
Leonidas Swallowtail
Graphium leonidas Butterflies of Africa - Graphium leonidas

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1 Comment

dotun55 7 years ago

Thanks blackicecc!

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Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria

Spotted on Apr 16, 2014
Submitted on Apr 24, 2014

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