Papilio nireus , the African blue-banded swallowtail, is a butterfly of the family Papilionidae. It is found all over Sub-Saharan Africa apart from in Madagascar and the Comoros, with this specimen coming from Iganga, Uganda. Although it is a member of the Swallowtail family this particular species has to actual tails. Their broad distribution leads to a fair amount of colour differences depending on the location they are from, with the colour of the wingstripes ranging from light green to shimmering turquoise or metallic eggshell blue like this one. It is a forest species, most commonly seen along logging roads or in secondary forest, but it also penetrates savannah habitats where it flies along riparian edges.It has migratory tendencies, so can also be found in botanical gardens, arboreta, parks and even occasionally in city gardens. Males commonly settle at damp patches on logging roads, often in groups of 4 or 5, to imbibe mineralised moisture. When doing so they constantly open and close their wings, as if fanning the air in the area. The butterfly has been expertly prepared by hand to museum standards, and is mounted on conservation-grade foam in a hand-made, beautifully crafted case backed with Italian decorative paper. Absolutely ideal for wedding presents, Christmas and birthday presents, home decoration.
If you have any queries, or would like to request a different specimen, please get in touch! None of the butterflies offered for sale are listed on Annex A of the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations, and all are farmed this ensures that not only are the specimens in perfect condition, but that the practice is completely sustainable.Butterfly farming allows farmers to generate income while conserving their natural heritage. The item "Papilio nireus Real Taxidermy Butterfly in Handmade Museum Quality Frame" is in sale since Wednesday, June 19, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectables\Animal Collectables\Insects & Butterflies". The seller is "juancarlos2nd" and is located in Monmouth. This item can be shipped worldwide.