Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Lime Butterfly

Lime Butterfly  Papilio demoleus.

Wingspan: 80 - 100mm.

Lime Butterfly  Papilio demoleus
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.

Lime Butterfly
Lime Butterfly

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.

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