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The Mimetic White-banded Swallowtail (Papilio cynorta cynorta) is a butterfly of the family Papilionidae. There are about 90 recorded species of Papilionidae in Africa, of which 60 are placed in Papilio – a huge genus comprising of 210 species worldwide.
Males commonly imbibe moisture from forest roads and from mud at the edges of small streams, often in the company of Amauris species. Both sexes visit Lantana bushes for nectar. The male has black uppersides with white bands and undersides with reddish basal patches. The female mimics the female of Acraea epaea, being dark brown on the upper-side, with a broad white diagonal sub-apical bar and a suffused white band extending across the hind-wing and penetrating spaces on the fore-wings.
**Please keep in mind that these specimens are dried and unspread (as shown), meaning the wings are closed. These specimens are useful if you want to use their wings only (for artwork, fairy dolls, jewelry) or simply to study them for science.
In order to spread butterflies for mounting and display, simply search online on how to hydrate the butterflies to spread their wings. Mounted butterflies are often used in insect mosaics which make beautiful and unique pieces of art.
• You will receive a Butterfly Dried Specimen similar to the reference picture
• Each specimen is approximately 1.5″ unspread (3″ spread)