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A Male Mocker Swallowtail (Papilio dardanus) (best viewed large)

By gconant  
Also known as the "Flying Handkerchief.
Indigenous to sub - Saharan Africa.
The males of this species are monomorphic. (One pattern and one color.)They also have the extended swallowtail tail.
They have an average wingspan of 4.5 - 5".

V 1 - The female of this species is polymorphic. (They have 14 possible color and pattern combinations.) They also have no tail, which allows them to look similar to certain butterflies that are toxic tp predators.

Glenn

To understand true beauty, experience the whimsy of the butterfly !!



Tags: Butterfly Wildlife and nature Lepidoptery Papilio dardanus flying handkerchief Mocker swallowtails

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Alfie_P Plus
13 744 2 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2020 12:18AM
Splendid image Glenn 😊

😎
20 Sep 2020 12:25AM
Beautiful images Glenn, lead my favourite,
Fred.
20 Sep 2020 12:52AM
Beautiful colour and detail in this beautiful macro of a male Mocker Swallowtail Butterfly.
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
20 Sep 2020 1:11AM
Autumnal colors and very precise details--a great image!
dales Plus
4 11 Australia
20 Sep 2020 1:35AM
Two superbly captured images Glenn !
Ian
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
20 Sep 2020 2:53AM
Two excellent images Glenn. I really like the white/black on white.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2020 7:02AM
An absolute stunner Glenn, well photographed and very well presented...
Isabel GrinGrin
Lovely images, very interesting info
Rae
20 Sep 2020 8:36AM
Beautiful images.
20 Sep 2020 9:57AM
Superb close up work, Glenn.

RichardSmile
Mollycat Plus
7 21 2 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2020 12:16PM
Two beauties Glenn.
Peter.
peterkin 17 670 England
20 Sep 2020 1:26PM
Beautiful photos, Glenn.

Peter
20 Sep 2020 1:47PM
Beautiful images
manicam 16 44 1 Canada
20 Sep 2020 3:38PM
Stunning detailed presentation Glenn
Sherman

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