Papilio demolion, Red Helen, Papilioninae

Written by on May 2, 2012 in Indonesia Butterfly with 0 Comments

Papilio demolion, Red Helen, Papilioninae


Native South East Asia   Wingspan 10-12  cm

A very striking butterfly which immediately draws attention by the large white patch on the upper hindwing. When it rests, it draws back the forewings to hide this spot and becomes quite inconspicuous when this spot gets hidden.
A powerful flier with a rapid but irregular path. It usually flies low. It often leaves the jungle to fly along valleys and across tea gardens. It is a frequent visitor to gardens and can be caught easily while hovering a flower or sipping from a damp spot.
The egg is pale apricot yellow in colour.
The fifth instar larva is about 5 cm long.
Pupa is usually green with a yellow saddle.
Pupation takes place after the larval duration of 26-30 days. The total period from egg to butterfly during summer is 43-53 days.

Caterpillar feed on:

Citrus-maxima Citrus-reticulata

Citrus maxima Citrus reticulata

Citrus-sinensis Glycosmis-pentaphylla

Citrus sinensis Glycosmis pentaphylla

Zanthoxylum-acanthopodium Philodendron-oxycardium

Zanthoxylum acanthopodium Philodendron oxycardium


Tags: , ,


If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.

Subscribe via RSS Feed

Leave a Reply