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Papilio nireus (Narrow blue-banded swallowtail)

Synonyms: Papilio erinus; Papilio lyaeus; Papilio lyaeus aelyus; Papilio nireoides

Wikipedia Abstract

Papilio nireus, the green-banded swallowtail, narrow-banded green swallowtail, or African blue-banded swallowtail, is a butterfly of the family Papilionidae. It is found in Sub-Saharan Africa. The wingspan is 75–90 millimetres (3.0–3.5 in) in males and 85–95 mm (3.3–3.7 in) in females. It flies year round, with peaks from November to February. The larvae feed on Calodendrum capense, Teclea species, Vepris species, and Citrus species.
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Prey / Diet

Citrus aurantium (myrtle-leaved orange tree)[1]
Citrus japonica (sour orange)[2]
Citrus limon (lemon)[1]
Toddalia asiatica (orange climber)[1]
Vepris natalensis (Bastard White Ironwood)[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Papilio dardanus (Mocker swallowtail)1
Papilio demodocus (Esper citrus swallowtail)1
Phyllocnistis citrella (Citrus leafminer)1


Alcimus setifemoratus[3]



External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
2HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
3Predator-Prey Database for the family Asilidae (Hexapoda: Diptera) Prepared by Dr. Robert Lavigne, Professor Emeritus, University of Wyoming, USA and Dr. Jason Londt (Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg)
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