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Common Lime Butterfly

Papilio demoleus

Description:

This butterfly is an avid mud-puddler and visitor of flowers. It basks with its wings held wide open on tufts of grass, herbs and generally keeps within a metre above the ground, even on cloudy days. It relies on its quick flight for escape. It is an interesting butterfly in that it has a number of modes of flight. In the cool of the morning, the flight is slow considering that it is an edible and unprotected swallowtail. As the day progresses, it flies fast, straight and low. In the hotter part of the day, it may be found settling on damp patches where it will remain motionless, except for an occasional flutter of wings, if not disturbed.

Habitat:

Seen in my garden.

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3 Comments

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Beautiful!

Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago

Thanks Mark!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Nice one Satyen.

Wild Things
Spotted by
Wild Things

Maharashtra, India

Spotted on Aug 21, 2013
Submitted on Aug 22, 2013

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