Lemon Butterfly, Papilio demoleus, 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.
Caterpillar feed on:
|Aegle marmelos||Citrus maxima|
|Citrus reticulata||Citrus sinensis|
|Chloroxylon swietenia||Clerodendrum paniculata|
|Glycosmis pentaphylla||Murraya koenigii|