Ruby-spotted Swallowtail (Papilio anchisiades)

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: anchisiades

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Mission, Texas

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

Wing span: 2 3/4 - 4 inches (7 - 10 cm).

Identification: Large and black with no tails. Female's upper forewing cell has diffuse white patch; hindwing has postmedian pink patch.

Life history: Females lay eggs in groups on host plant leaves. Caterpillars rest in clusters on host plant during the day and feed at night; they all feed and molt at the same time.

Flight: Several from May-October.

Caterpillar hosts: Trees in the citrus (Rutaceae) family including Citrus, Casimiroa, and Zanthoxylum species.

Adult food: Flower nectar.

Habitat: Lowland tropical forests, citrus groves, gardens.

Range: From south Texas south to Argentina. A rare stray to Kansas, southeast Arizona, and west Texas.