Graphium colonna

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Black swordtail
Not evaluated (IUCN 2.3)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Genus: Graphium
Species: G. colonna
Binomial name
Graphium colonna
(Ward, 1873)
  • G. p. porthaon (Hewitson, 1865)
  • G. p. tanganyikae Kielland, 1978
  • G. p. mackiei Collins & Larsen, 1991
  • Papilio colonna (Ward, 1873)
  • Papilio tragicus Butler, 1876
  • Papilio colonna loncona Suffert, 1904

Graphium colonna, the black swordtail or mamba swordtail, is a species of butterfly in the family Papilionidae (swallowtails). It is found in Africa.[1][2]

The wingspan is 55–60 mm in males and 60–65 mm in females. The species has continuous broods during warmer months, October to April.[2]

The larva feed on Artabotrys, Uvaria, and Annona species.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b Graphium,
  2. ^ a b c Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7. 
  • Carcasson, R.H 1960 The Swallowtail Butterflies of East Africa (Lepidoptera, Papilionidae). Journal of the East Africa Natural History Society pdf Key to East Africa members of the species group, diagnostic and other notes and figures. (Permission to host granted by The East Africa Natural History Society

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