Papilio fuscus

Papilio fuscus

Papilio fuscus

(Fuscus Swallowtail, Northern Citrus)

FAMILY

Papilionidae

Species

Papilio fuscus

Common name(s)

Fuscus Swallowtail, Northern Citrus

Main colour(s)

Brownish-black

Distinctive features

Wingspan 85/91 mm; tail prominent

Campus

Townsville

Description

Larval food plants are species of Rutaceae, both native and introduced. Mature larvae variable in colour, usually orange-brown with some irregular markings; head green. Adults brown to black with a cream band and blue and orange to red spots towards base of hind wing; lower surface dark brown; tail prominent.