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Butterfly: Citrus Swallowtail

Unread post by 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 post by 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

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Re: Citrus Swallowtail butterfly

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

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by 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: Caterpillar ID wanted

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

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.
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Re: Butterfly: Citrus Swallowtail

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