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  Blue Triangle (Graphium sarpedon)





Blue Triangle | Graphium sarpedon photo
Blue Triangle

Image by Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez - GNU Free Documentation License.    (view image details)



BLUE TRIANGLE FACTS

Identification
The Blue Triangle butterfly is black with turquoise blue triangles on each wing. The hindwings are scalloped with four blue crescent shapes near the trailing edge. They fly strongly and rarely settle except for feeding.

Size
wingspan 6cm

Habitat
rainforest, wet forest, suburban gardens

Food
adults feed on flower nectar. Caterpillars feed on a range of plants including Cinamomum, Litsea, Clerodendrum

Range
east coast of Quensland and New South Wales



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Papilionidae
Genus:Graphium
Species:sarpedon
Common Name:Blue Triangle

Relatives in same Genus
  Green Spotted Triangle (G. agamemnon)
  Five-barred Swordtail (G. aristeus)
  Pale Triangle (G. eurypylus)
  Macleay's Swallowtail (G. macleayanus)