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Butterflies of temperate Asia
Glassy Bluebottle
Graphium cloanthus  WESTWOOD, 1841
Family - PAPILIONIDAE
subfamily - PAPILIONINAE
Tribe -
Graphium cloanthus, Yunnan, China Tony Hoare
Introduction
The genus Graphium is widespread in the Old World, with 35 species in the Afrotropical region, 14 in the Oriental region, 6 in the Holarctic ( south & west China ) and 20 in the Australian region.
Many of the Oriental species have a pattern of translucent turquoise or yellowish 'windows' in their wings. Several however have a tiger pattern similar to that of the Danaine genera Parantica and Tirumala, and others such as aristeus are white with black stripes and long tails. The combination of translucent green 'windows' and a long sword-like tail is unique to cloanthus.
Graphium cloanthus is found from northern India to China and Taiwan, and south to Sumatra.
Graphium cloanthus, Yunnan, China Tony Hoare
Habitats
This species occurs in forested habitats at altitudes between about 500-1800m.
Lifecycle
The larval foodplant is Machilus ( Lauraceae ).
Adult behaviour

As with other Graphium species, cloanthus males adopt the 'filter-feeding' technique - using their long proboscises to continually suck up water from which they extract sodium and other minerals. They constantly pump the water through their bodies, expelling the surplus from the anus, and using it to dissolve further minerals from the ground, which they re-imbibe.

Graphium cloanthus, Yunnan, China Andrew Neild

 

 

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