Wednesday, 5 August 2015

75. Graphium antiphates antiphates(The Fivebar Swordtail)

Number: 75
Family: Papilioniidae
Sub-Family: Papilioniinae
Species: Graphium antiphates antiphates (Cramer, [1775])
Common name(s): The Fivebar Swordtail
Photography location: Tam Dao foothills (Vinh Phuc Prov.)

Monastyrskii & Devyatkin (2016) listed 20 Graphium species recorded in Vietnam viz. cloanthus, sarpedon, doson, evemon, eurypylus, chironides, leechi, arycles, agamemnon, phidias, macareus, megarus, xenocles, agetes, antiphates, aristeus, nomius, mullah, mandarinus, eurous.

Graphium antiphates is moderately common in my habitual butt hunting grounds around Hanoi. It is essentialy a forest denizen. The adults are strong and swift flyers. Males are usually photographed puddling on damp ground.

The Fivebar Swordtail has a long and sword-like tail at vein 4 on the hindwing

Some Graphium antiphates puddling at Tây Thiên (Tam Dao foothills), with Prioneris testylis (Spotted Sawtooth), Appias albina (Common Albatross), Graphium sarpedon (Common Bluebottle), Graphium eurypylus (Great Jay), Hebomoia glaucippe (Great Orange Tip), Catopsila pomona (Lemon Emigrant)...

A Graphium antiphates with Appias galba, Graphium sarpedon, Appias albina, Catopsila pomona (Cuc Phuong, May 2016)

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