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Flying Handkerchief

Papilio dardanus

Description:

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. The British entomologist E. B. Poulton described it as "the most interesting butterfly in the world".

Notes:

This is not my first encounter with this big bird in the backyard. I think the tranquility it enjoys here is not to be found anywhere else.

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago
Variable Diadem
Hypolimnas anthedon Hypolimnas Anthedon | Flickr - Photo Sharing!


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3 Comments

dotun55
dotun55 7 years ago

Guess we both got fooled :D >> http://www.flickr.com/photos/dotun55/949...

dotun55
dotun55 7 years ago

Tricky indeed! I have nearly have a dozen of them. Must be the size that fooled me.

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

Tricky one! What about Hypolimnas anthedon?? Please, check yourself, I am not sure. Quite a variable one. The one from the link is the best match but I have to extrapolite the hindwing from an open wing shot ;-)...
http://iz.carnegiemnh.org/GhanaBFly/Gall...
http://tolweb.org/Hypolimnas_anthedon
http://www.papillon-poitou-charentes.org...

dotun55
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dotun55

Nigeria

Spotted on Jul 3, 2013
Submitted on Jul 25, 2013

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