Graphium polistratus

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Graphium polistratus
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Genus: Graphium
Species: G. polistratus
Binomial name
Graphium polistratus
(Grose-Smith, 1889)[1]
  • Papilio polistratus Grose-Smith, 1889
  • Graphium (Arisbe) polistratus
  • Papilio sisenna Mabille, 1890
  • Papilio richelmanni Weymer, 1892

Graphium polistratus, the dancing swordtail, is a butterfly in the family Papilionidae (swallowtails). It is found in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the coast of Kenya, Tanzania, northern Malawi and Mozambique.[2] Its habitat consists of warm and coastal forests.

Adult males mud-puddle. Both sexes feed from flowers. Adults are probably on wing year round.

The larvae feed on Annona senegalensis and Uvaria species.


  • 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