Eurytides protesilaus nigricornis - the Zebra Swallowtail
Swordtails such as Eurytides protesilaus nigricornis are migratory in behaviour, following river courses as they travel. Males can often be seen gathered on sandbanks, filter-feeding on dissolved minerals by continually pumping water though their bodies.
This species invariably congregates in small groups of up to about 15 other Swordtails, either entirely of its own species, or more frequently with other Leptocircini such as Eurytides dolicaon and Protesilaus protesilaus. These groups are usually well separated from groups of Pierids or Nymphalids feeding on the same sandbank. The entire group usually face into the breeze. These specimens originate from Brazil.
These butterflies have been prepared in the UK to museum standards and are displayed in a deep handmade shadowbox frame, mounted on white conservation-grade foam. The back of the frame is covered in really special Italian decorative paper, with a brass hook for hanging it on the wall (but it also stands perfectly on a mantlepiece or a table). They are completely sealed inside the frame and will last for generations.