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  Macleay's Swallowtail (Graphium macleayanus)





Macleay's Swallowtail | Graphium macleayanus photo
Macleay's Swallowtail

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INSECT FACTS

Identification
Macleay's Swallowtail is a beautiful emerald green butterfly with broad brown wing margins and long tails on the hindwings. They are active butterflies and rarely settle, fluttering in the canopy or in sunlit shafts lower down

Size
wingspan: male 53mm; female 59mm

Habitat
coastal rainforest and mountainous rainforest

Food
the adults feed from flowers such as Leptospermum, Lantana and buddleia

Range
found along eastern Australia from the coast to the dividing range, from north Queensland and along eastern New South Wales. Also found in Victoria and Tasmania.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Papilionidae
Genus:Graphium
Species:macleayanus
Common Name:Macleay's Swallowtail

Relatives in same Genus
  Green Spotted Triangle (G. agamemnon)
  Five-barred Swordtail (G. aristeus)
  Pale Triangle (G. eurypylus)
  Blue Triangle (G. sarpedon)