Ornythion Swallowtail (Papilio ornythion)

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: ornythion

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Edinburg, Texas
San Isidro, Texas

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

Wing span: 3 1/4 - 4 1/2 inches (8.3 - 11.5 cm).

Identification: Upper forewing spots are yellow-white; marginal row of spots is close to outer edge of wing. Tails are wide and all black. Female has 2 forms: one resembles the male and one is mostly black with a marginal row of large gray-green spots on upperside of hindwing.

Life history: Not reported.

Flight: Probably 2 from April-September.

Caterpillar hosts: Leaves of citrus trees (Rutaceae family).

Adult food: Flower nectar.

Habitat: Citrus groves and gardens.

Range: Mexico and Guatemala. Occasional in central and south Texas and New Mexico; rare in southern Arizona and Kansas.