Schaus' Swallowtail (Papilio aristodemus)

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: aristodemus

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

Identification: Upperside of forewing has narrow central yellow band. Tails edged with yellow, filled with black.

Life history: Males patrol in tree canopy for receptive females. Females lay single eggs on top of young host plant leaves. Caterpillars feed on young leaves and shoots. Hibernate as chrysalids, which can remain dormant for up to 2 years. Adult emergence is triggered by rainfall.

Flight: Primary flight from late April to mid-June; some adults fly in late July and early September.

Wing span: 3 5/8 - 4 5/8 inches (9.2 - 11.8 cm)

Caterpillar hosts: Plants in the citrus family (Rutaceae) including Citrus species, hop tree (Ptelea trifoliata), Zanthoxylum spp., and torchwood (Amyris elemifera).

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