Papilio polytes, Common Mormon, Papilioninae

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Papilio polytes, Common Mormon, Papilioninae

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Native South East Asia   Wingspan 10-12 cm

Very common. Not threatened.
The male has one morph only. It is a dark-coloured swallow-tailed butterfly. The upper forewing has a series of white spots decreasing in size towards the apex. The upper hindwing has a complete discal band of elongated white spots. It may or may not have marginal red crescents. The males are smaller in size than the femalesFemale
The female of the Common Mormon is polymorphic.
The eggs are laid singly on top of the leaves. They are round and yellow to light-orange in colour..

Favourite flowers

 

Lantana Jatropha

 

Ixora Mussaenda

Caterpillar feed on:

Citrus-maxima Citrus-sinensis

Citrus maxima Citrus sinensis

Toddalia-asiatica Zanthoxylum-nitidum

Toddalia asiatica Zanthoxylum nitidum

 

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