Common designation for a
in the family Papilionidae, found in South Asia and Southeast Asia, and with the
scientific name Graphium antiphates. Both males and females have an orange-white
edged, blackish, long and sword-like tail on each of the hindwings. Above, the
wings are mostly white, with a series of black bars and stripes, that are more
elongated towards the base and apex of the forewings. In the distal and basal
areas, the space in between the bars and stripes is yellowish green, while the
area on the inner angle of the hindwings is greyish. On the underside, the
forewings are marked as above, but the hindwings have their basal halves
yellowish green, with black stripes and spots, and their distal halves yellowish
orange, with small embedded black spots. The body of the Five-bar Swordtail,
which shape is somewhat reminiscent of that of Tiger Beetles (fig.),
is white with some yellowish-orange colouring towards the head and a lateral
band of −mostly continuous− black spots, which −though somewhat shorter− is also
present on the top of the body.
List of Thai Insect Names.
See also WILDLIFE PICTURES.