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Lime swallowtail

A species of Swallowtails, Also known as Lemon butterfly, Checkered swallowtail, Small citrus butterfly, Lemon swallowtail, Lemon caterpillar
Scientific name : Papilio demoleus Genus : Swallowtails

Lime swallowtail, A species of Swallowtails
Also known as:
Lemon butterfly, Checkered swallowtail, Small citrus butterfly, Lemon swallowtail, Lemon caterpillar
Botanical name: Papilio demoleus
Genus: Swallowtails
Lime swallowtail (Papilio demoleus) Photo By B_cool , used under CC-BY-2.0 /Cropped and compressed from original

Description

The lime swallowtail (Papilio demoleus) has a beautiful black and white pattern, but it's considered a major pest to citrus trees. It feeds on nearly any type of citrus, including oranges and limes. This butterfly's small, green larvae are capable of defoliating an entire nursery grove. They are truly trouble makers in the citrus orchard.
Colors
Black
Yellow
White
Habitat
savannahs; fallow land; garden; forest; stream; riverbed
Larva Food Source
Cullen corylifolium, Ziziphus, Tilia, Ziziphus jujuba, Acronychia pedunculata, Aegle, Aegle marmelos, Chloroxylon swietenia, Citrus, Citrus aurantiifolia, Citrus maxima, Citrus sinensis, Glycosmis pentaphylla, Limonia elephantum, Murraya, Murraya koenigii, Ruta angustifolia, Ruta graveolens, Toddalia trifoliata.
Biting/stinging
Not reported
Borer
Not reported
Pollinator
Yes
The Lime swallowtail is often found near the corolla, where the fluffy hairs are easily covered with pollen, which can help pollinate the plant.
Phytophagous
Yes
The Lime swallowtail feeds on plants and usually does not cause a major problem. However, If you observe the number getting larger, you need to take it seriously.

People often ask

Are Lime swallowtail harmful?

The lime swallowtail (Papilio demoleus) has a beautiful black and white pattern, but it's considered a major pest to citrus trees. It feeds on nearly any type of citrus, including oranges and limes. This butterfly's small, green larvae are capable of defoliating an entire nursery grove. They are truly trouble makers in the citrus orchard.

Harmful to human

Harmful to human

They are not a poisonous butterfly, but they have a special gland that secretes bad smells and chemicals.

General Info

Species Status

It is a pest and invasive species, found from Asia to Australia.

Distribution Area

Asia, Australia

AdultSize

8 - 9 cm

How to identify it?

Lime swallowtail (Papilio demoleus) Lime swallowtail (Papilio demoleus) Photo By B_cool , used under CC-BY-2.0 /Cropped and compressed from original
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