Papilio demoleus, Lemon Butterfly, Papilioninae

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Papilio demoleus, Lemon Butterfly, Papilioninae


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


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

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