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Citrus Swallowtail butterfly

Afrikaans name: Lemoenvlinder

Citrus Swallowtail butterfly

Photo © Steven Herbert

Papilio demodocus demodocus

The Citrus Swallowtail is a common and well-known butterfly that can be found all over South Africa in suitable habitat (it avoids very dry areas).

Females can have a wingspan of up to 13 cm. Males are slightly smaller. The colouration of the male and female is similar.

Although it is most common over spring and summer the Citrus Swallowtail can be seen all year round.

The Citrus Swallowtail is found in a variety of habitats ranging from grasslands to gardens and forest edges. They are very active flyers and do not settle too often.

This butterfly is considered a pest by citrus farmers as they lay their eggs on the citrus plants.



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