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Butterflies of Southern Africa.

The quantity of known butterfly species throughout the world number in the thousands, and the list is continually being added to. Southern Africa is well-represented, many species varying in beauty, colour and size. Many parts of Africa still remain unexplored, and the observant hunter stands a good chance of seeing both common and rare species in the field.

The Coastal Swordtail (Graphium porthaon)

The Coastal Swordtail is a butterfly from the Afrotropic ecozone.

The forewings are black, and at the front edge there occur white stripes. At the outer edge and in the middle of the wing there will be a chain of white spots. The ventral surface is very similar to the dorsal, but brown. The hind wings of the Coastal Swordtail are black and the species has a long tail.

The wingspan is 55-60mm in males and 60-65mm in females, and the species has continuous broods during warmer months. The larvae feed on plants of the genera Artabotrys, Annona, Uvaria, Friesodielsia, Cleistochlamys, Monodor a and Monanthotaxis.

The Large Blue Charaxes (Charaxes bohemani)

This is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in eastern and southern Africa, including Angola, the southern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Tanzania, Kenya, and South Africa.

The wingspan is 65-75mm in males and 78-95mm in females. Their flight period is year-round.

They feed on plants of the genera Afzelia, Brachystegia, Julbernardia, Lonchocarpus, and Xeroderris.

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Author:Erasmus, Petrus
Publication:African Hunter Magazine
Date:Oct 1, 2013
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