Common Bluebottle

Common Bluebottle
English Common Name
Common Bluebottle
Scientific name
Graphium sarpedon
Order: Lepidoptera, Family: Papilionidae
About 4.5 cm (size of the wings)
Species Distribution
East Asia to Northern Australia. In Japan, mainland of Japan and southward
Okinawan Common Name
Hah-beh-rue (general term for butterflies and moths)
This species can fly with agility, its wings keep moving short and quick even when it drinks nectar. It is easily approached since the species stays still when it drinks water roosting around riverbank. A Population in south areas tends to have more vivid blue-colored wings: The picture was taken in Ishigaki Island.

Updated September 2018

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