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Mocker Swallowtail or Flying Handkerchief

Papilio dardanus cenea


Papilio dardanus (the African Swallowtail, Mocker Swallowtail or Flying Handkerchief), is a species of butterfly in the family Papilionidae (the Swallowtails). The species is broadly distributed throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Wingspan: males 80-90 mm females 75-85 mm The female of the species is a master of protective disguise. The female forms are remarkably diverse and mimic other butterflies, so protecting themselves against predators.


throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

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pamsai 6 years ago

thnk you Kate... yes I followed this one for quite a while...

KateBraun 6 years ago

Good capture - I know how reluctant they are to sit and pose for the camera!

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Sifundza seLubombo, Swaziland

Spotted on Mar 19, 2014
Submitted on May 4, 2014


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