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General information provided in the blog is applicable universally but species and host plant information given here is for Kerala,India; since that is where we are located.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Lime Butterfly Papilio demoleus.
Wingspan: 80 - 100mm.
Lime Butterflies engaged in Mudpuddling
A medium sized swallow tail with black wings that become brownish in old ones. Wings are spotted with various shades of yellow. Undersides are marked with lemon yellow, red and blue. Sexes are alike. Large groupes of Lime Butterfly engaged in Mud puddling is a common sight. It occurs through out the year, but more commonly during the monsoon and post-monsoon months.
The eggs are similar to that of common mormon, but caterpillars are easily distinguishable from that common mormon caterpillar because of the yellowish olive green with a white spiracular band. Pupa is light green and unmarked and very similar to the common mormon.
Larva host plants: Citrus varieties like Citrus aurantifolia, C. grandis, C. limon, C.sinensis, Murraya koenigii, Atlantia racemosa etc.