Bahaman Swallowtail (Papilio andraemon)

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: andraemon

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

Identification: Upperside of forewing has yellow bar at end of cell; long tails of hindwing are filled with yellow.

Life history: Females lay single eggs on host plant leaves.

Flight: Three flights April-October. Adults may fly or be swept by hurricanes between islands.

Wing span: 3 3/4 - 4 inches (96 - 102 cm).

Caterpillar hosts: Plants in the citrus family (Rutaceae) Citrus, Ruta, and Zanthoxylum species.

Adult food: Not reported.

Habitat: Sea-level scrub and hammocks.

Range: Bahamas, Cuba and Jamaica; rare stray or temporary colonist in Florida Keys or on mainland near Miami.