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Lime Butterfly (Female)

Papilio demoleus libanius


Papilio demoleus (Linnaeus, 1758), called Lime Butterfly or Chequered Butterfly. Other common names: Common Lime Butterfly, Lemon Butterfly, Lime Swallowtail, Small Citrus Butterfly, Chequered Swallowtail, Mariposa del Muerte, Dingy Swallowtail, Citrus Swallowtail. Papilio demoleus libanius (Fruhstorfer, 1908) is the ssp occurring in the Philippines generally. The adults range in wingspan from 80-100 mm. The hindwing has no tail. The upper portion of the forewing is largely black and the outer wing margin has a series of irregular yellow spots. Two yellow spots are present at the upper end of the discal cell with several scattered yellow spots in the apical region. The upper hindwing has a red tornal spot and the discal black band is dusted with yellow scales. The under side is paler yellow with the black areas more heavily dusted with yellow. The adults fly in every month but are more abundant after monsoons.


Backyard garden, spotted on Zinnia flowers.



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Thank you Luis! :)

LuisStevens 7 years ago

Beautiful series Agnes!

Thank you Ismael and Patty for your nice comments :)

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 7 years ago

nice series

patty 7 years ago

Beautiful butterfly and picture Agnes =)

Thanks Mayra. I really love its wing coloration. :)

MayraSpringmann 7 years ago


Thanks Reza! :)

Beautiful !

Thank you harsuame, Evelyn, Diane.

harsuame 7 years ago

Espectacular macro::

Thanks for the appreciation, Nuwan, Patty, Tom. :)

TomElliott 7 years ago


patty 7 years ago

Nice series agnes =)

Thanks Stephen :)

StephenSolomons 7 years ago

nice series

Laguna, Philippines

Spotted on Dec 30, 2012
Submitted on Jan 2, 2013

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