Saturday, January 2, 2010

Butterflies of Sierra leonne

The stamp sheet-let from Sierra Leone has depicted Blue Swallowtail on stamp and other species African Giant Swallowtail, Citrus Swallowtail, Mocker Swallowtail on the background of sheet-let.

Blue Swallowtail or known as Papilio zalmoxis or giant blue Ornithoptera, found in many countries of Africa, like Sierra Leone, Nigeria and others.The top of the fore and hind-wings are vivid blue.

African Giant Swallowtail, or known as Papilio Antimachus, is the largest African butterfly with the wing span reach 23 cm. It founds from the rain forest from Sierra Leone to Uganda.

Citrus Swallowtail, or known as Papilio demodocus is a butterfly which lay eggs on the citrus plant. It is found in the tropical regions of Central America, South Africa and Madagascar. This butterfly called as "Christmas butterfly", due to they flies in large number in the Christmas time.

Mocker Swallowtail or known as Papilio dardanus, is a butterfly which have many different forms founds in larger number from Equatorial Africa to South Africa.

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