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Citrus Swallowtail

Papilio demodocus


Seen along a pathway in central England but, although I was very pleased to see it, I fear it is just an escape from the nearby butterfly farm! Is it, - coincidentally, one of those Lime Butterflies? .or possibly a Christmas Butterfly?


Edge of town, pathway with wildflower edge.

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Citrus swallowtail
Papilio demodocus Esper, 1798 Papilio demodocus - Wikipedia

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Mel11 a year ago

Thank you both very much for your help

maradithayamb a year ago

Even we can differentiate these species by looking into the additional spot in the Forewings of Christmas butterfly
It's Absent in lime butterfly.....
In the above link (in the end) they have explained how we can differentiate different papilio species

maradithayamb a year ago

Yes Anh tuan
Thank you :-)

Võ Anh Tuấn
Võ Anh Tuấn a year ago

maradithayamb, The first image shows that its underside does not resemble Papilio demoleus.

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England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Jul 20, 2021
Submitted on Jul 20, 2021

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