Papilio ulysses

Papilio ulysses

Papilio ulysses

(Ulysses Swallowtail, Mountain Blue Butterfly)

FAMILY

Papilionidae

Species

Papilio ulysses

Common name(s)

Ulysses Swallowtail, Mountain Blue Butterfly

Main colour(s)

Black and blue

Distinctive feature

Wingspan 106/108 mm; prominent black tail

Campus

Cairns, Townsville

Description

Melicope elleryana (Euodia) is the main host plant for this butterfly although the larvae will feed on other Rutaceae. Mature larvae green with a series of spots, blue, green and white; head pale green. Adults are black with large areas of iridescent blue and a prominent black tail; lower surface in brown shades with some bluish subterminal spots on hind wing.

Additional images:

Image of Ulysses caterpillarCrysallis image