Small Striped Swallowtail Butterfly

Graphium policenes

Despite a wingspan of up to 7cm, the Small Striped Swallowtail is one of the smaller butterflies in the family. In South Africa it is found in coastal bush and forests in Kwazulu-Natal and the extreme north-east of the Eastern Cape. They usually fly high and very fast, but do congregate at mud puddles from time to time. Adults are on the wing through the warmer months from September to April.


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