Papilio anactus

Papilio anactus

Papilio anactus

(Dainty Swallowtail, Orange Butterfly)

FAMILY

Papilionidae

Species

Papilio anactus

Common name(s)

Dainty Swallowtail, Orange Butterfly

Main colour(s)

Black

Distinctive features

Wingspan 67/72 mm; red and white spots on hind

Campus

Townsville

Description

Food plants for the larvae of this butterfly are species of the Rutaceae particularly in the genus Citrus. Mature larvae 37-39 mm long, blue-black with minute white and orange spots, black spines; head black. Adults black with chiefly grey markings and red and also white spots near lower edge of hind wing, margin of hind wing scalloped.