Three-tailed Swallowtail (Papilio pilumnus)

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: pilumnus

Members' Notes:

0
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

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

Identification: Upperside of both fore- and hindwings yellow with black basal band. Wings bordered by a black band with submarginal yellow stripe. Hindwing has 3 tails and 2 blue spots above the shortest tail.

Life history: None reported.

Flight: March-October in Mexico.

Wing span: Not reported.

Caterpillar hosts: Leaves of Litsea tree in Lauraceae family.

Adult food: Flower nectar.

Habitat: Tropical woodlands.

Range: Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador; rarely strays into southern Texas.