Papilio menestheus (Western Emperor Swallowtail)

Happy Monday from Papilio menestheus.

Shot by Ojunugwa Ekpah. This is a rather scarce forest butterfly that require little search in forests of good condition. Both sexes are fond of flowers and males often come to water or foul smelling matter such as animal excitement. The flight is fast and direct, usually between six metres above the ground and only occasionally in canopy. This species was encountered in Oban Hills in Cross Rivers state once in 4 visits and also in Afi mountain wildlife sanctuary.

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