Red Helen, Papilio demolion, Papilioninae

Red Helen, Papilio demolion, Papilioninae

Papilio-demolion-00
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-maximaCitrus-reticulata
Citrus maximaCitrus reticulata
Citrus-sinensisGlycosmis-pentaphylla
Citrus sinensisGlycosmis pentaphylla
Zanthoxylum-acanthopodiumPhilodendron-oxycardium
Zanthoxylum acanthopodiumPhilodendron oxycardium
 

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