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  Four-barred Swordtail (Protographium leosthenes)





Four-barred Swordtail | Protographium leosthenes photo
Four-barred Swordtail (Protographium leosthenes)

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INSECT FACTS

Identification
The Four-barred Swordtail is a brown and white butterfly with four parallel brown bars running from the leading edge of each forewing. The bars nearest the body continue onto the hindwing. The hindwings have a long pointed tail. Adult butterflies usually fly within 2m of the ground.

Size
wingspan: male 49mm; female 53mm

Habitat
vine forest, rainforest

Food
larvae feed on plants of the Melodorum genus

Range
eastern coastal Queensland and north east New South Wales



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Papilionidae
Genus:Protographium
Species:leosthenes
Common Name:Four-barred Swordtail