Graphium macleayanus

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(Macleay's Swallowtail)




Graphium macleayanus

Common name

Macleay's Swallowtail

Main colour(s)

Brown and green

Distinctive features

Wingspan 59/53 mm sometimes more; wing colours


Townsville and Cairns area


Food plants in the north are chiefly in the Lauraceae or on Geijera in the Rutaceae. Mature larvae green with small white dots over the body, to 4 cm long; head green. An attractive butterfly with the brown or black bands on outer portions of the wings, green on the inner portion, lower surface is a deeper green. Adults often seen feeding on Lantana or various small species in Asteraceae/daisies.

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