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Thursday, September 24, 2015

African Giant Swallowtail Butterfly in the Sky

Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high. The African giant swallowtail butterfly is found in 18 African countries, however, little is known about Africa’s largest butterfly.

The African giant swallowtail butterfly is the largest butterfly in Africa.
The African giant swallowtail butterfly
is the largest butterfly in Africa. 


African giant swallowtail butterfly scientific name is Papilio antimachus. They are currently listed as DD for data deficient by the International Union for Conservation of Nature since little is known about the butterflies.

The African giant swallowtail butterfly is the largest butterfly in Africa. Some specimens have a wingspan of nearly 10 inches, which is much bigger than the average human hand, which is 7.5 inches.

African giant swallowtail butterfly is found from Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, DRC, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Togo and Uganda.

Little is known about the butterfly, especially the female except the females are larger than males. The Royal Museum for Central Africa is currently the only scientific institute in Belgium to own a female African giant swallowtail butterfly.

The Royal Museum for Central Africa is currently the only scientific institute in Belgium to own a female African giant swallowtail butterfly.

African giant swallowtail butterfly


The giant African swallowtails have no known natural predators besides humans, because their bodies contain chemicals called cardiac glycosides. These glycosides are toxic because of their potency in disrupting the function of the heart. The common monarch butterfly also carries the deadly cardiac glycosides in their abdomens. 


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