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Papilio demoleus
Common names: Common Lime Butterfly, Lemon Butterfly, Lime Swallowtail, Small Citrus Butterfly, Chequered Swallowtail, Dingy Swallowtail, Citrus Swallowtail.


Papilio demoleus, the Common Lime Butterfly, is a common and widespread Swallowtail butterfly. It gets its name from its host plants which are usually citrus species such as the cultivated lime. Unlike most swallowtail butterflies it does not have a prominent tail. The butterfly has also been referred to as the Citrus swallowtail, a name it shares with a morphologically similar species, Papilio demodocus which flies in Africa. The butterfly is a pest and invasive species from the Old World which has spread to the Caribbean and Central America.


The butterfly is tailless and has a wingspan 80–100 mm. Above, the background colour is black. A broad, irregular yellow band is found on the wings above, which is broken in the case of the forewing. Besides this the butterfly has a large number of irregular spots on the wing. The upper hindwing has a red tornal spot with blue edging around it.
As the butterfly ages, the yellow markings on the wings deepen to orange
Source: Wikipedia


Featured in GEMS on February 19/2011

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lime butterfly, papilio demoleus, wings, nature, lepidoptera, insect, butterfly, swallowtail, lemon butterfly, citrus

My greatest passion in photography is to capture the wonderful Butterfly. I hope you will enjoy my photos of Butterflies as much I do to watch them and to catch their beauty with my photographs. My camera is a Canon EOS 350D with a Canon Close-Up lens 250D. Thank you so much for your visit, the kind comments, the great support and the Love for Butterflies!
Butterfly Kisses, Johanna

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic close up. I saw these in the wild in the Dominican Republic, they came with the slave trade from Africa.

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 3 years ago

  • DottieDees
    DottieDeesabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful butterfly!!

  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesabout 3 years ago

    Another stunning shot! :) What a gorgeous butterfly! :)

    Gabe :)

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 3 years ago

    WELL DONE!

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusabout 3 years ago

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusabout 3 years ago

  • Deborah, Thank you so much for the feature in your wonderful group.
    Johanna

    – Lepidoptera

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful feature, great work and well earned.

  • Lepidoptera
    Lepidopteraabout 3 years ago


    Thank you All so much for the visit and kind support!
    Johanna

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