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Lime or Chequered Butterfly

Papilio demoleus subsp. sthenelus


The Lime or Chequered Swallowtail - Papilio demoleus subsp. sthenelus - has a very distinctively marked body, continuing the black wing stripes down the thorax and abdomen. The inside of the wings displays a dense chequered pattern across the shoulders, and two distinctive eye spots on each hind wing - an upper blue one, often hidden by the top wing, and the lower more obvious eye spot a rusty orange. It is a very restless, constantly moving butterfly.


First sighting at this location. Seems to be attracted to the Duranta repens Geisha Girl flowers upon which it was feeding at some length.


Uses various citrus as larval food sources, so may have been attracted by the small mixed citrus orchard we have been trying to establish. The Duranta repens Geisha Girl flowers were also abuzz with native Australian Blue Banded Bees.

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Nice website too Kathy! Pics for here need only be say 1200x1200 - that way they load fast for others and you preserve your good originals.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Hi Kathy. Welcome to Project Noah. Lovely set of pics.

alicelongmartin 6 years ago

Beautiful Series!

patty 6 years ago

Nice butterfly, I like the combination flower/butterfly of colours =)

2641, New South Wales, Australia

Lat: -36.02, Long: 146.95

Spotted on Mar 12, 2012
Submitted on Mar 12, 2012


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