Mocker Swallowtail Butterfly

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A lucky picture of a Mocker Swallowtail female (Papilio dardanus)! This butterfly has a number of female forms, each of which mimics another distasteful butterfly which is poisonous to birds. This form mimics a butterfly known as the Chief (Amauris echeria) which also flies in and around our Garden Route forests from mid to late summer. This specimen was feeding from a patch of Agapanthus at the forest fringe.

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