Great Mormon (Papilio memnon)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Papilionidae (pap-ill-lee-ON-ih-dee) (Info)
Genus: Papilio (pap-ILL-ee-oh) (Info)
Species: memnon

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On Mar 20, 2008, debnes_dfw_tx from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Not only do the mormon female butterflies have many color forms, the males will usually breed with several females.. thus they are quite appropriately named.

The caterpillars are reared on plants of Rutaceae...

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On Feb 4, 2007, fly_girl from The Woodlands, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

There can be up to 7 color forms of the female, only one for the male. Victorian collectors called them Mormons. The female forms mimic various distasteful species and may avoid being eaten by birds.