Magnificent Swallowtail (Papilio garamus)

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: garamus

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

Identification: Large black swallowtail with spatulate tails and a distinct central yellow band on each wing.

Life history: Not reported.

Flight: February to November.

Wing span: 5-7 inches (12-15 cm).

Caterpillar hosts: Avocado and magnolia.

Adult food: Wild fuchsia in Costa Rica.

Habitat: City gardens, cloud forests.

Range: Central Mexico south to Costa Rica. Rare stray to Texas.