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Common Lime Butterfly

Papilio demoleus


Common Lime Butterfly is a common and widespread Swallowtail butterfly. It gets its name from its host animals, which are usually citrus species such as the cultivated lime. Unlike most swallowtail butterflies, it does not have a prominent tail. The butterfly is tailless and the above background colour is black. This butterfly is an avid mud-puddler and visitor of flowers. It basks with its wings held wide open on tufts of grass, herbs and generally keeps within a metre above the ground, even on cloudy days. It relies on its quick flight for escape. It is an interesting butterfly in that it has a number of modes of flight. In the cool of the morning, the flight is slow considering that it is an edible and unprotected swallowtail. As the day progresses, it flies fast, straight and low. In the hotter part of the day, it may be found settling on damp patches where it will remain motionless, except for an occasional flutter of wings, if not disturbed. It is also a frequent visitor of flowers in gardens, where it shows a preference for flowers of smaller herbs rather than larger plants such as the ubiquitous Lantana with its plentiful blooms. It can be found swarming in the groves of its foodplants.


Seen on a Lantana plant in my garden.

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Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Thanks Aakash. Added to the mission :-)

JivaniAakash 8 years ago

Awesomely captured!! One of the best photos I have seen.
You can include in 2012 best photo mission.

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Yes, Emma we do have some cute butterflies. Thanks!

Hema 8 years ago

looks like you have quite a few species of lovely butterflies around!

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Wild Things 8 years ago

Edited and removed old and unclear pics.

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Wild Things 8 years ago

Thanks Carol!

CarolSnowMilne 8 years ago

I found your PN account. HA! Great spot!

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Wild Things 8 years ago

Thanks Sachin.

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago


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Wild Things 8 years ago

Added a pic from today's spotting.

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Wild Things 8 years ago

Thanks Karen.

KarenL 8 years ago


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Wild Things 8 years ago

Gracias harsuame.

harsuame 8 years ago

Que colores grandiosa felicidades

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Maharashtra, India

Spotted on Mar 25, 2012
Submitted on Mar 25, 2012

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