oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The life-history of Papilio euphranor Trimen* (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae)

Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



In late September 1916 my son and I were on the banks of the Dorp Spruit, Pietermaritzburg, where it flows past the lower edge of a small patch of bush adjoining the Botanic Gardens, altitude 2200'. Before then we had only observed Papilio euphranor in flight along the upper margin of the bush on Zwartkop, altitude 4740', and we had no knowledge of the food-plant. We were not expecting to encounter euphranor so far from Zwartkop which we believed to be its nearest locality to Pietermaritzburg. A hot North wind had blown all day, the bush was dry and little was on the wing. By chance we were resting in the shade of the only specimen of Cryptocaria latifolia in that bush. Suddenly my son called to me that a tailed Papilio of some kind had fluttered into a nearby low-growing mulberry tree on the bank, and that it was not P. ophidicephalus which frequents that area.

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