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Common Mormon (female, stichius form)

Papilio polytes


Wingspan of 70 to 115 mm Their hindwings have swallowtail They mimics the appearance of a common rose butterfly (Pachliopta aristolochiae) to look unpalatable on their predators


They are primarily found in the open plains and areas where the host plant is found. They are also found in some urban places. (Papilio polytes card 1 - Reiman Gardens) Host plant: Citrus trees but will also feed on a variety of species in family Rutaceae (Papilio polytes card 1 - Reiman Gardens) Note: I found the caterpillars on Calamansi plant.


The caterpillars on its final instar were kept in a secure and safe container made of a cardboard box and net fabric until they pupate and emerged. They were freed after the wings are fully formed, dry, and ready to flap. (The pupation takes 10 days) The butterfly on the right in the 3rd and 4th pictures is a "lime swallowtail" (Papilio demoleus).

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Bulusan, Bicol, Philippines

Spotted on May 25, 2018
Submitted on Apr 23, 2022

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