Graphium mendana (Godman and Salvin, 1888)

Guadalcanal (?), Solomon Islands; Dec 1977 Malaita, Solomon Islands ssp aureofasciata
Malaita, Solomon Islands female ssp. aureofasciata

   Rare and local throughout its range, this beautiful insect favors montane forests in the Solomon Islands and Bouganville (where it is rarely seen). In the past it has commanded a high price on the market. Listed in the IUCN red data book, but probably not threatened any more than any other montane forest species in the region. Subspecies include:

    acous - Bougainville
    mendana - Guadalcanal
    aureofasciata - Malaita
    neyra - New Georgia group