Graphium sarpedon, Blue Triangel, Papilioninae

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Graphium sarpedon, Blue Triangel, Papilioninae

Graphium-sarpedon-00

Native South East Asia   Wingspan 5.5-6.5  cm

In flight, the beautifully contrasting fluorescent blue and black is unmistakable. The sexes are similar and cannot be distinguished in flight.
It ascends the hills to at least 5000 feet elevation. Since cinnamon is one of its larval food plants, it is sometimes very common in cinnamon plantations of the wet zone. However, it has not been recorded as being a pest. It is not uncommon in home gardens and secondary forests.
The larvae feed on Cinnamomum zeylanica, Litsea sebifera, Machilus odoratissima and the introduced Cinnamomum camphora. The larvae are very sluggish and do not move about a great deal. They stay at the center of the leaf, quite well concealed by their green camouflage. Pupation occurs on the underside of a leaf, stalk or small branch.

Favourite flowers

Lantana

Caterpillar feed on:

Cinnamomum-camphora Cinnamomum-zeylanica

Cinnamomum camphora Cinnamomum zeylanica

Litsea-glutinosa Neolitsea-dealbata

Litsea glutinosa Neolitsea dealbata

Persea-americana Tristania-laurina

Persea americana Tristania laurina

 

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