Purple Swallowtail in Frame (Graphium weiskei)


The purple-spotted swallowtail, Graphium weiskei, is considered one of the most beautiful and desirable of all butterflies. While its underside is a basic brown, its topside is black with a highly unusual patchwork of purple, green, and blue spots. These spots are actually “windows” to pigments within the wings; the surface scales are non-pigmented. This species is found only in the remote highlands of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia at elevations between 4000 and 8000 feet above sea level. The species is named after Emil Weiskei (1867-1950), a German naturalist.

Species: Graphium weiskei
Origin: Indonesia
Frame: 5” x5” with Glass

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SKU: FB06-1.
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I have been collecting and producing taxidermy for over 10 years and ensure all product are museum standard. I personally preserve, spread and mount all insect displays in my studio here in London. I use high quality frames handmade in the UK.

Each specimen may slightly vary from the photos as nature is unique. The specimen I work with are not rare or endangered and come either insect farming programs (often run by governments or conservation groups), breeders and sustainable sources. For more information, please see our ethics page.

Additional information

Weight 0.499 kg
Dimensions 18.5 × 18.5 × 3.5 cm

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