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Common Lime Butterfly (Female)

Papilio demoleus libanius


Papilio demoleus libanius (Fruhstorfer, 1908) is the ssp occurring in the Philippines generally. Common names: Common Lime Butterfly, Lemon Butterfly, Lime Swallowtail, Small Citrus Butterfly, Chequered Swallowtail, Mariposa del Muerte, Dingy Swallowtail, Citrus Swallowtail. Papilio demoleus, is a common and widespread Swallowtail butterfly. It gets its common names from its host plants, which are usually citrus species such as the cultivated lime. Unlike most swallowtail butterflies, it does not have a prominent tail. Source: Wikipedia.


Spotted in the backyard, in Biñan Laguna, Philippines.

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Thanks Mayra. This one is whiter than the others I've seen before. I've read before that its wings get tan coloring as it matures. It was also not very active unlike the others, just stayed on the plant for many hours. I am thinking that it could have been a newly-eclosed butterfly and it was still too weak to fly.

MayraSpringmann 7 years ago

Wonderful colors!

Thanks again Karen :)

KarenL 8 years ago


Thanks Arvin. It's actually my mom's :)

ArvinMemaphu 8 years ago

wow! you have a beautiful backyard garden :)

Thank you, Maria dB and ViSarancha.

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

beautiful series!

Laguna, Philippines

Spotted on Sep 14, 2012
Submitted on Oct 16, 2012

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