Graphium philonoe

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Graphium philonoe
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Genus: Graphium
Species: G. philonoe
Binomial name
Graphium philonoe
(Ward, 1873)[1]
  • Papilio philonoë Ward, 1873
  • Graphium (Arisbe) philonoe
  • Papilio philonoë f. dulcinea Stoneham, 1931
  • Papilio philonoe whalleyi Talbot, 1929

Graphium philonoe, the eastern white-lady swordtail, is a butterfly in the family Papilionidae. It is found in Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique.[2] Its habitat consists of coastal and riparian forests.

Males may infrequently mud-puddle. Both sexes are attracted to flowers, including Maerua species.

The larvae feed on Uvaria leptocladon, Uvaria chamae and Annona species.


  • Graphium philonoe philonoe (Democratic Republic of the Congo, coast of Kenya, eastern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique)
  • Graphium philonoe whalleyi (Talbot, 1929) (southern Sudan, south-western Ethiopia, northern Uganda, north-western Kenya)


  • 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