Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Papilio zalmoxis

Known as the Giant Blue Swallowtail, this enchanting eyeful would also be a double handful, taking the prize for 2nd largest swallowtail in all of Africa. Its yellow body provides contrast for the striped black-edged wings that shimmer a robin egg blue with hints of green, a lovely change for a creature that started out its life as a caterpillar camouflaged as a bird turd.