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Broad-banded Swallowtail (Papilio astyalus)

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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: astyalus

Profile:

No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Regional...

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Calvert City, Kentucky
Mission, Texas

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Member Notes:

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

Identification: Upperside of male forewing has a broad diagonal band and a yellow spot near the end of the cell. Tails all black, narrow. Female mostly black; hindwing has a blue and gray-green submarginal band on upperside and very short tails.

Life history: Not reported.

Flight: Probably 2 from April- October.

Wing span: 4 5/8 - 4 3/4 inches (11.7 - 12 cm).

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

Adult food: Nectar of flowers including Lantana.

Habitat: Subtropical forests.

Range: Mexico south to Argentina. Occasional in south Texas; rare stray to southern Arizona and north Texas.


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