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Papilio demoleus – a lovely demolisher

July 7, 2010

This time of the year it is important to look for eggs of the Lime Butterfly, Papilio demoleus (Papilionidae). Here in the Chiang Mai valley in northern Thailand the larvae feed on leaves of many members of the limetree family (Rutaceae). To find the eggs, you need to touch the bark with your naked fingertips, and simply remove them. As the butterfly is so beautiful, make sure some larvae survive!

A newly hatched Papilio demoleus is drying the wings before its virgin flight. In the background is the empty pupa. In this case, the larva ate the leaves of the Buddha Hand (Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis). Dokmai Garden, July 7, 2010.

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