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  Five-barred Swordtail (Graphium aristeus)





Five-barred Swordtail | Graphium aristeus photo
Chain Swordtail - Graphium arusteus parmetus

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INSECT FACTS

Identification
The Five-barred Swordtail is a brown and white butterfly with five parallel brown bars running from the leading edge of each forewing. The wings have a brown border a the outer edge with a dotted white line within the border. It is similar to the Four-barred Swordtail which has a broader brown border edging the forewings and, as the name indicates, has four brown bars. The Five-barred Swordtail has a long pointed tail on the hindwings. Adult butterflies are rapid fliers.

Other Names
Chain Swordtail

Size
wingspan: male 48mm; female 55mm

Habitat
deciduous vine forest

Food
butterfly larvae feed on Miliusa traceyi, Polyalthia nitidissma, Pseuduvaria froggatti

Range
distributed in small localities along eastern coastal Queensland tropics



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Papilionidae
Genus:Graphium
Species:aristeus
Common Name:Five-barred Swordtail

Relatives in same Genus
  Green Spotted Triangle (G. agamemnon)
  Pale Triangle (G. eurypylus)
  Macleay's Swallowtail (G. macleayanus)
  Blue Triangle (G. sarpedon)