Cressida cressida

Cressida cressida

Cressida cressida

(Clearwing Swallowtail, Greasy Swallowtail, Big Greasy)

FAMILY

Papilionidae

Species

Cressida cressida

Common name(s)

Clearwing Swallowtail, Greasy Swallowtail, Big Greasy

Main colour(s)

Grey and white

Distinctive feature

Wingspan 80/70 mm

Campus

Townsville

Description

Food plants for this species are members of the Aristolochaceae, many of whom are small plants scattered throughout grassland. Mature larvae are variable in colour, but usually reddish-brown to dark brown with white markings and tubercles; head dark blackish-brown; about 3 cm long at maturity. Adults have a transparent grey forewing with 1 or more black spots; hind wing is white with black and brown markings and 5 pink or red spots towards the margin; lower surface paler, female lighter brown

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