Lemon Butterfly, Papilio demoleus, Papilioninae

Lemon Butterfly, Papilio demoleus, 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-marmelosCitrus-maxima
Aegle marmelosCitrus maxima
Citrus-reticulataCitrus-sinensis
Citrus reticulataCitrus sinensis
Chloroxylon-swieteniaClerodendron-paniculata.
Chloroxylon swieteniaClerodendrum paniculata
Glycosmis-pentaphyllaMurraya-koenigii
Glycosmis pentaphyllaMurraya koenigii
Ruta-graveolens
Ruta graveolens

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