Madagascan Birdwing Pharmacophagus antennor dorsal

A Madagascan Birdwing. Pharmacophagus can be distinguished from the other Birdwing Swallowtail that we occasionally display, A. semperi, by the white polka dot pattern on the wing. The scientific name 'Pharmacophagus' alludes to the caterpillars eating Birthwort vines which, although toxic, have been used medicinally.

Name: Madagascan Birdwing

Latin: Pharmacophagus antennor

Family: Swallowtail

Origin: Madagascar

Food plant: Birthwort Family

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