Citrus Swallowtail Papilio demoleus

A maligned pest of Citrus plantations. It is an unfortunate coincidence that butterflies are dependent on some of our major tropical crops for their caterpillar phase. Many swallowtails, such as the above species, feed on the Citrus plants, Owls (Caligos) feed on bananas, Longwings (Heliconiinae) feed on Passion fruit vines and Graphiums feed on Soursops and Custard apples.

Name: Citrus Swallowtail

Latin: Papilio demoleus

Family: Papilionidae

Origin: S.E. Asia

Food plant: Citrus Family

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Citrus swallowtail video commentary by Neil GaleVideo clip