Wildlife Photography: Five Bar Swordtail


Five bar swordtail photographed at Penang Butterfly Farm, March 2010 


The Five Bar Swordtail (Pathysa antiphates itamputi) is a medium size butterfly belonging to the Papilionidae family. It can be found in forested areas, riverbanks or the edges of the forest. It is a strong flyer with a rapid erratic flight. Often, it is seen flying high at tree top level.


It flies from flower to flower in search of nectar. Like the other typical Papilionidae s[ecies it has a characteristic flight when feeding at flowers, in that, whilst the forewings are flapping rapidly, the hindwings are held almost stationary as if to balance the butterfly perched on a flower as it sucks nectar from the flower with its long proboscis. Male Five Bar Swordtails are often observed puddling at muddy seepages and along river banks tainted with decomposing organic waste. ~ butterflycircle


12 comments:

  1. that's a very beautiful butterfly, i see similar ones here but i know not the same specie, hard to photograph though, i only get lucky always with the monarch as they are so behaved for photography :)

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  2. That's really a beautiful butterfly, Cher. I don't think I see it before.

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  3. I like all of your photos!

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  4. Oh I love butterflies - this is a beautiful one and it's a great photo!

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  5. What a gorgeous capture!

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  6. That's a beautiful butterfly!

    My Critter post, please come and see.

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  7. I love this photo! How cool that one set of wings stays still!

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  8. Beautiful butterfly and great photo.

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  9. It is gorgeous...great shot! :)

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