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Butterflies of Africa
Western Emperor Swallowtail
Papilio menestheus  DRURY, 1773
Family - PAPILIONIDAE
subfamily - PAPILIONINAE
Tribe - PAPILIONINI
Papilio menestheus, Bobiri, Ghana Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
There are about 90 known species of Papilionidae in the continent of Africa of which 60 are placed in Papilio - a huge genus comprising of 210 species worldwide.
Papilio menestheus is distributed from Senegal to Cameroon.
Habitats
This is a common species found in good quality forest, but it does not occur in open habitats.
Lifecycle
The eggs are laid singly on the leaves of the foodplant Fagara ( Rutaceae ).
Adult behaviour

Males often settle on damp ground to imbibe mineralised moisture, especially in the dry season, but both sexes are more commonly seen when visiting flowers.

 

 

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