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Common Lime Butterfly

Papilio demoleus


The butterfly is tailless and has a wingspan 80–100 mm.[1]:52 Above, the background colour is black. A broad, irregular yellow band is found on the wings above, which is broken in the case of the forewing. Besides this the butterfly has a large number of irregular spots on the wing. The upper hindwing has a red tornal spot with blue edging around it.


Papilio demoleus is an aggressive and very common butterfly. It is perhaps the most widely distributed swallowtail in the world. The butterfly can be found in:[4] Oman, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Iran, western and possibly eastern Afghanistan, and western Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India (including the Andamans), Nepal, Burma, Thailand, the Philippines, Kampuchea, southern China (including Hainan, Guangdong province), Taiwan, Japan (rare strays), Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia (Kalimantan, Sumatra, Sula, Talaud, Flores, Alor and Sumba), Papua New Guinea, Australia (including Lord Howe's island), apparently Hawaii and possibly other Pacific Ocean islands.

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca 7 years ago
Common Lime Butterfly
Papilio demoleus Papilio demoleus

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AngeSylvestri 7 years ago

Thanks @Bayucca
I spotted this in the Philippine islands, I'm in Hawaii uploading this...sorry my locator automatically used my location. I've been seeing only a few in the island but more on the orange color haven't been lucky to photograph one.

bayucca 7 years ago

Did you find this one in the wild or in a butterfly house? Please, add this important info, since Papilio demoleus is not native from Hawaii, but might be introduced or escaped from a butterfly house, if you found this one in the wild.

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San Jose, Nueva Ecija, Philippines

Spotted on Sep 26, 2012
Submitted on Feb 26, 2013

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