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Papilio aegeus

Papilio aegeus

(Orchard Butterfly, Citrus Swallowtail Butterfly)

FAMILY

Papilionidae

Species

Papilio aegeus

Common name(s)

Orchard Butterfly, Citrus Swallowtail Butterfly

Main colour

Blue

Distinctive features

Wingspan 102/108 mm; marked scallops on hind

Campus

Cairns

Description

Food plants for the larvae are members of the family Rutaceae. Mature larvae 62 mm long, usually green, some yellowish-white markings; head dark brown. Adult male upper surface black with subapical band of white spots, broad cream patch on hind wing and red spot towards lower margin; lower surface similar but series of subterminal crescents present. Adult female has a brown-black upper surface which margin whitish-grey, series of blue and red crescentic subterminal markings on hind wing; lower surface similar to upper but blue spots more distinct.