Victorine Swallowtail (Papilio victorinus)

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: victorinus

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On Aug 16, 2006, Magpye from NW Qtr, AR (Zone 6a) wrote:

Wing span: 3 3/4 - 4 3/8 inches (9.5 - 11 cm).

Identification: Wings mostly black; no tails on hindwings. Underside of male hindwing with marginal and postmedian bands of red spots. Two female forms: one resembles male, the other has wide green band on upper hindwing.

Life history: Eggs are laid singly; caterpillars resemble bird droppings. Chrysalids overwinter and look like a piece of wood.

Flight: Several flights from January-November.

Caterpillar hosts: Avocado tree (Persea americana).

Adult food: Flower nectar including Lantana and Impatiens.

Habitat: Mid-elevation moist-wet tropical forests.

Range: El Salvador north into Mexico. An infrequent stray into south Texas.