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Butterfly: Citrus Swallowtail

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Butterfly: Citrus Swallowtail

Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:13 pm

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This one is a Citrus Swallowtail; a common butterfly spread throughout South Africa, only absent from the most arid regions. Seen year-round.
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Re: Citrus Swallowtail butterfly

Unread postby 3dgreek » Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:30 pm

Woohoo...found this one in my book:

ID: Large (wingspan 85mm), black, banded, spotted and speckled with yellow. Hind wings each with 2 black, blue and orange eye spots. Young larvae resemble bird droppings; later stages are green, with brown and white markings and red scent gland. Pupae resemble dead leaves.
Biology: Larvae, known as 'orange dogs', can be a pest of citrus trees.
Habitat: Widespread in most South African Habitats.
Related Species: P.ophidicephalus, P Constantinus and P. Euphranor are superficially similar in colouring, but their hind wings have tails
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Re: Citrus Swallowtail butterfly

Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Wed Feb 18, 2009 1:32 pm

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Re: Citrus Swallowtail butterfly

Unread postby Johann » Wed Feb 18, 2009 3:13 pm

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby darth bangkok » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:32 am

Hi there,

I saw this butterfly right at the Giriyondo Border gate in KNP between SA & Moz. Was wondering if anyone might know what it is?

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby normana53 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 7:26 am

This Butterfly is a Citrus Swallowtail (Papilio demodocus)
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Caterpillar ID wanted

Unread postby kjii » Fri May 04, 2012 4:09 pm

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Re: Caterpillar ID wanted

Unread postby BushSnake » Fri May 04, 2012 6:54 pm

It's a citrus swallowtail / lemoenskoenlapper (Papilio demodocus) larva. They breed on many species of plants including some exotics such as lemon and orange trees, and the final instar larva often pupate on walls. The one that you photographed here looks like it wass getting ready to pupate. For images of the butterflies, google it or have a look at the SABCA Virtual museum: http://sabca.adu.org.za and search for the English or scientific name.

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Re: Butterfly: Citrus Swallowtail

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon May 06, 2013 2:51 pm

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