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Lime Butterfly

Papilio demoleus demoleus


The sexes are similar, with an elongated forewing and rounded hindwing found in both sexes. The yellow patches become duller in older butterflies. The size of the red patch on its hindwing at the anal angle varies, sometimes leaving a black area between the red patch and blue line. The blue line near the upper margin of the hindwing is usually concealed. This line is distinct on the underside, with a light orange-colored center. There are similar patches on the central part of the hindwing.


@ Nawala Urban Wetland park, mud-sipping on the wet sand.


The Lime Butterfly resembles a Pierid due to its very fast flight around noon and its colouration. This scrubland dwelling butterfly loves the sun very much and it immediately descends down in to a thicket when the sun is covered by a cloud. Male Lime Butterflies can be seen mud puddling. This is a migratory species. This species is most abundant in dry scrubland habitats, but can also be commonly seen in the wet zone. Although it does not seem to have breeding populations at higher elevations, these have been observed during their migratory flight.

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Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Western Province, Sri Lanka

Spotted on Jul 10, 2021
Submitted on Sep 26, 2021

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