A regular visitor of home gardens; fond of nectar from Mussanda, Lantana and Ixora sp. Etc. Usually common in monsoon and post monsoon seasons and sharing a varied of habitats from forests to coastal areas.
|Southen Birdwing Female|
Eggs are dark orange in color and are laid on the leaves and tender shoots of the Aristolochia plants. Aristolochia indica, A. tagla and Thottea siliquosa.
|Southern birdwing butterfly egg|
Southern birdwing butterfly is a strong flier and it flies high above tree tops in the forests. It flies in a leisurely manner, circling and sailing over the plants.
It starts flying very early in the morning. Is very fond of nectar and readily visits Mussanda, Lantana and Ixora sp. Etc.
Southern birdwing caterpillar is similar to that of Common Rose and is velvety maroon – red with a shiny black head.
Pupa of southern birdwing is also similar to that of common rose butterfly. It is pale brown or green and is marked with fine brown striations and minute markings.
Larval Host Plants