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Citrus Swallowtail

Papilio demodocus demodocus


Wingspan: Male 100-120 mm, Female 110-130 mm. Sexes very similar. Pale crescent, distal to hind wing costalupper side eye spot, yellow on male, suffused with red on female.


Common and widespread throughout South Africa, particularly in wooded areas and gardens; absent from extremely arid areas. Forest edges, parks and gardens, hill tops, Flatland.


Larval food: Cultivated Citrus spp. Also Calodendron capense, Clausena anisata, Zanthoxylum capnse, Vepris lanceolata, Teclea natalensis, Oricia swynnertonii, Toddalia asiatica, Ptaeroxylon obliquum, Hippobromus pauciflorus. In Fynbos and Karoo - Foeniculum vulgare, Peucedanum galbanum, P. gummiferum, Deverra burchelliae Flight period: Continuous broods year-round, mainly in Sept-May

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Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 9 years ago

Still love this spotting Nielen!! Your butterfly pics are great!

Neilen Joyce
Neilen Joyce 9 years ago

Thanks you guys for the welcoming...i'll definitively put in more effort to get more spottings and take better photos.

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 9 years ago

Awesome Spot oke, and very impressed with the pics!!! Awesome way to start your Noah Journey! Congrats!

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 9 years ago

Hi Neilen, Welcome to Project Noah! Nice first spotting. May you have many more to share with the Noah community!

Neilen Joyce
Spotted by
Neilen Joyce

Knysna Local Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Feb 15, 2013
Submitted on Feb 16, 2013

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