Biology:Graphium adamastor

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Short description: Species of butterfly

Graphium adamastor
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Scientific classification edit
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Genus: Graphium
G. adamastor
Binomial name
Graphium adamastor
(Boisduval, 1836)[1]
  • Papilio adamastor Boisduval, 1836
  • Graphium (Arisbe) adamastor
  • Papilio (Cosmodesmus) charcedonius ab. guineensis Dufrane, 1946
  • Pailio (Cosmodesmus) charcedonius ab. houzeaui Dufrane, 1946
  • Graphium adamastor dimbroko Berger, 1950
  • Graphium adamastor zongo Berger, 1950

Graphium adamastor, the Boisduval's white lady, is a butterfly in the family Papilionidae (swallowtails). It is found in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.[2]


G.adamastor is very similar to the preceding species Graphium agamedes and only differs in that the transverse spot of the cell of the forewing is larger and reaches the front margin of the cell, the discal spot in cellule 2 on the contrary is smaller and rounded or entirely wanting, so that the median hand is here interrupted. — Ashanti and Togo. [3]


Its habitat consists of dry forests and the transition zone between forests and the Guinea savanna.

Adult females mimic Amauris damocles. Both sexes feed from flowers, including Calodendrum splendens.

The larvae feed on various Annonaceae species.


Graphium adamastor belongs to a species group with 16 members. All are very similar The species group members are:


  1. Graphium, Site of Markku Savela
  2. "Afrotropical Butterflies: File C – Papilionidae - Tribe Leptocercini". 
  3. Aurivillius, [P.O.]C. 1908-1924. In: Seitz, A. Die Großschmetterlinge der Erde Band 13: Abt. 2, Die exotischen Großschmetterlinge, Die afrikanischen Tagfalter, 1925, 613 Seiten, 80 Tafeln (The Macrolepidoptera of the World 13).Alfred Kernen Verlag, Stuttgart. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.

Wikidata ☰ Q5597235 entry