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Australian Swallowtails



FAMILY : Swallowtails

Blue Triangle
(Graphium sarpedon)
Blue Triangle
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. Click to continue>
Five-barred Swordtail
(Graphium aristeus)
Five-barred Swordtail
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... Click to continue>
Green Spotted Triangle
(Graphium agamemnon)
Green Spotted Triangle
The Green Spotted Triangle is a black or dark brown butterfly with green spots over the wings. The hindwings have a short tail. It is similar to the Green Triangle (Graphium macfarlenei) which does not have a tail on the hindwing and has spots... Click to continue>
Macleay's Swallowtail
(Graphium macleayanus)
Macleay's Swallowtail
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 Click to continue>
Pale Triangle
(Graphium eurypylus)
Pale Triangle
The Pale Triangle has a pale blue central area on the forewings and the inner half of the hindwings is pale blue. The leading edge and outer edge of the forewings, and the outer edge of the hindwings have a broad black border with pale blue squarish... Click to continue>
Cooktown Birdwing, Northern Birdwing
(Ornithopter euphorion)
Cooktown Birdwing, Northern Birdwing
The Cairns Birdwing male is black and green. The upper side of the forewings are mainly black with emerald green around the leading and trailing edges; the hindwings are emerald green with 4 black dots in an arc parallel to the outer edge. The... Click to continue>
New Guinea Birdwing
(Ornithoptera priamus)
New Guinea Birdwing
The New Guinea Birdwing is the largest butterfly species found in Australia. The upper side of the male's forewings are mainly black with emerald green around the leading and trailing edges and a narrow green stripe in the centre of the black area;... Click to continue>
Chequered Swallowtail
(Papilio demoleus)
Chequered Swallowtail
The Chequered Swallowtail butterfly is marked with creamy yellow and black chequered pattern. The hindwings have similar pattern to the forewings and have a reddish spot on the inside edge of the hindwing. The underwing has same pattern but is... Click to continue>
Christmas Swallowtail
(Papilio memnon)
Christmas Swallowtail
The Christmas Swallowtail is black with blue steaks in the outer half of the wings. The colour is more prominent in the hindwings. Females may have reddish markings at the base of the forewings and spots on the outer edge of the hind wings. Click to continue>
Dainty Swallowtail
(Papilio anactus)
Dainty Swallowtail
The Dainty Swallowtail has chequered black and white forewings. The hindwings are white with black trailing border containing a row of small blue spots inside an arc of five red spots. The hindwings have a very short tail. Click to continue>
Fuscous Swallowtail
(Papilio fuscus)
Fuscous Swallowtail
The Fuscous Swallowtail is a large dark brown butterfly with thin white or yellow band on the forewings and a white or yellow band on the hindwings. The female is larger and lighter brown, with a blue, brown and orange patterned border outside the... Click to continue>
Orchard Swallowtail
(Papilio aegeus)
Orchard Swallowtail
The male Orchard Swallowtail has black forewings with an arc of white spots near the tip. The hindwings have a white panel and single small red spot above. The underside of the male wings are black with red and blue spots. The female has black and... Click to continue>
Ulysses Swallowtail
(Papilio ulysses)
Ulysses Swallowtail
The upper side of the Ulysses Swallowtail butterfly is beautiful iridescent blue with contrasting black wing margins. The hindwings have a long tail with a lobe on the end. The underside of the wings is dull greyish brown. Click to continue>
Four-barred Swordtail
(Protographium leosthenes)
Four-barred Swordtail
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... Click to continue>


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