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THE CITRUS SWALLOWTAIL- Papillio demodocus by Magaret Meintjes

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LOCATION CAPTURED: Groenland Gamebelodge, Tolwe, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Nikon D50
Lens: Sigma 30-700mm

CITRUS SWALLOWTAIL – Papillio demodocus demodocus

GENUS PAPILLIO – Swallo tails

Well represented in Africa. The sexes are usually similar. Male Swallotails in the genus Papillio have shiny scent scales on the submarginal area of the forewing. Graphium have scented hairs that are concealed in the anal fold of the hind wing. These are revealed during mating.
Wingspan female 100-120mm
Wingspan male 110/130mm
DISTRIBUTION: Common and widespread throughout South Africa, particularly in wooded areas and gardens; absent from extremely arid areas.
HABITAT: Forest edges, parks and gardens, hill tops, flatlands.
FLIGHT PERIOD: Continous broods year-round, mainly Sept-May.
LARVAL FOOD: Cultivated Citrus spp; (considered a pest) and several other plant species.

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  • DanaMS
    DanaMSalmost 6 years ago

    Very beautiful capture Maggie!

  • Thank you so much Dana, your comment is such an sinspiration, take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 6 years ago

    Thanks again my sweet friend for yet another kind comment, hugs x

  • Rosemaree
    Rosemareealmost 6 years ago

    This is stunning…

  • Thank you so much Rosemaree, I appreciate your kind comment, take care xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...almost 6 years ago

    fabulous close up mags,dawnx

  • Thank you so much sweet friend xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Anne Smyth
    Anne Smythalmost 6 years ago

    lovely butterfly, stunning image…great work mags

  • Thank you so much Anne, so sorry fir this late reply but I appreciate it just as much, take care xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • camerahappy
    camerahappyalmost 6 years ago

    Wowie, what a beauty!

  • Thank you so much! Sorry for my late reply, really appreciate it, take care ! x

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • melant1017
    melant1017almost 6 years ago

    WOW! What a great looking butterfly :-)


  • So sorry for this late reply Antonio, still appreciate just as much, take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • lefty1
    lefty1almost 6 years ago

    what a beautiful creature! marvelous capture

  • So sorry for my late reply John but I do appreciate it stacks! Take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Lolabud
    Lolabudalmost 6 years ago

    Wow!! What an interesting butterfly. Wonderful capture.

  • Thank you so much, so sorry for my late reply, take care xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • MimosaArt
    MimosaArtalmost 6 years ago

    Great contrasting colour! Nice shot.

  • Thank you so much for your time and very kind comment, take care xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

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