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Citrus swallowtail

Papilio demodocus demodocus


Had to put this butterfly in because I couldn't believe it was still flying with so much of its wings missing! Common names: Common Lime Butterfly, Lemon Butterfly, Lime Swallowtail, Small Citrus Butterfly, Chequered Swallowtail, 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.

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MartinL 6 years ago

You could rename it "half of a swallowtail".
I wonder if it escaped from a hungry bird.

pamsai 6 years ago

hahaha, that's what I thought, Kate!

tmvdh 6 years ago

Hi Pam, Papilio demoleus and Papilio demodocus are two different species. BTW: Did you get the PDF I sent some days ago via email? Best!

KateBraun 6 years ago

It's amazing that it was still flying.

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Sifundza seLubombo, Swaziland

Spotted on Mar 16, 2014
Submitted on Mar 19, 2014

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