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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Mocker Swallowtail

Afrikaans name: Na-aperswaelstert

Mocker Swallowtail butterfly

Mocker Swallowtail butterfly

Photo © Steven Herbert

Papilio dardanus

The Mocker Swallowtail is a really beautiful butterfly. It is a large butterfly that may have a wingspan of 10 cm. It is variable in colour with differences between male and female as well as the different seasons.

The Mocker Swallowtail occurs in a narrow band from the south of the country through to Kruger National Park.

It may be found on the edges of forests as well as in parks and gardens.

They can be seen all year round although they are absent from the southern portions of their range in winter.

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References and further reading

Butterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 25

Butterflies of the Kruger National Park - Author: Johan Kloppers and the late Dr. G. Van Son - Year Published: 1978 - Page: 6

Butterflies of the Western Cape - Author: A.J.M. Claassens - Year Published: 2005 - Page: 62

Familiar South African Butterflies - Author: Clive Quickelberge - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 52

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2005 - Page: 350

Gardening for Butterflies - Author: Steve Woodhall & Lindsay Gray - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 99

Insectopedia - Author: Erik Holm - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 23

Ivor Migdoll's Field Guide to the Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Ivor Migdoll - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 233

Pocket Guide - Insects of South Africa - Author: Mike Picker & Charles Griffiths - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 126

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 399

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