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Androgeus Swallowtail (Papilio androgeus)

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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: androgeus

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

Identification: Male has elongated forewing and very short and narrow hindwing tails. Uppersides of fore- and hindwings have very broad yellow bands and no marginal rows of yellow spots. Females are black; hindwings each have 3 narrow pointed tails and blue iridescence on upperside.

Life history: Males patrol for receptive females. Eggs are laid singly; caterpillars resemble bird droppings. Chrysalids overwinter.

Flight: Many flights from April- October.

Wing span: 5 1/4 - 5 1/2 inches (13.4 - 14 cm).

Caterpillar hosts: Leaves of trees in citrus (Rutaceae) family orange (Citrus sinensis) and Zanthoxylum elephantiasis.

Adult food: Nectar from a variety of flowers.

Habitat: Overgrown citrus groves in Florida; tropical forests in central and south America.

Range: Mexico to Argentina; small population in south Florida.


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