Papilio demoleus, Lemon Butterfly, Papilioninae

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Papilio demoleus, Lemon Butterfly, Papilioninae

Papilio-demoleus-00

Native South East Asia   Wingspan 10-12 cm

Very Common. It is perhaps the most widely distributed swallowtail in the world.
It is to be found in savannahs, fallow lands, gardens, evergreen and semi-evergreen forests and shows a preference for stream and riverbeds.
This butterfly is an avid mud-puddler and visitor of flowers. It basks with its wings held wide open on tufts of grass, herbs and generally keeps within a metre above the ground, even on cloudy days. It relies on its quick flight for escape.
The egg is round and light yellowish in colour.

Favourite flowers

Lantana

Caterpillar feed on:

Aegle-marmelos Citrus-maxima

Aegle marmelos Citrus maxima

Citrus-reticulata Citrus-sinensis

Citrus reticulata Citrus sinensis

Chloroxylon-swietenia Clerodendron-paniculata.

Chloroxylon swietenia Clerodendrum paniculata

Glycosmis-pentaphylla Murraya-koenigii

Glycosmis pentaphylla Murraya koenigii

Ruta-graveolens

Ruta graveolens

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