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Butterfly: Mocker Swallowtail

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Butterfly: Mocker Swallowtail

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:31 am

This Mocker Swallowtail Papilio dardanus cenea form hippocoonides was identified... thanks to boffin BushSnake! I would never have found this ID on my own!

BushSnake says that Mocker Swallowtail females come in various colours and this specific one mimics Amauris ochlea and Amauris niavius, but especially the latter (English name: friar)... and with the frairs is where I went looking and got stuck! Fortunately there are sufficient differences to have alerted me to the fact that I was on the wrong track!

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The Mocker Swallowtail is common and wide-spread, found along the coast and adjacent lowland forests from Knysna to riverine and montane forests in Mpumalanga and Limpopo. It is found year-round in the northern parts, but is absent in the south in winter.
675 Latest lifers: Short-clawed lark, Caspian plover, Western marsh harrier, Rüppell's vulture

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