Chin’s Butterfly Gallery
CHIN'S BUTTERFLY GALLERY ~ LIFE HISTORY ~ THE LIME PALMFLY
The Lime Butterfly
A Lime Butterfly (Papilio demoleus malayanus) laying eggs on the young leaves
of a Citrus tree in my garden. Copyright © Chin Fah Shin.
The Lime Butterfly
THE LIME BUTTERFLY (Papilio demoleus) is a common species that occurs in northeast Arabia, India and Sri Lanka, through most of Southeast Asia and the Lesser Sunda Islands to Australia and part of New Guinea. It is not found in Borneo, Java, Sulawesi, Timor and the Moluccas. The subspecies found in this region is malayanus. As the butterfly's name indicates, the larval food plant is the lime tree and a wide variety of Citrus. In areas where Citrus trees are cultivated they are regarded as pests. I had a tangerine plant growing in a pot, and the Lime Butterfly often lays eggs on it. Occasionally, I had seen a bulbul picking off the caterpillars from this plant. Click on a thumbnail image to view the larger photo. The photo opens in a new window. You can go on to the NEXT photo in the new window. Close that window to return to this page.
Mating pair of Papilio demoleus Caterpillar of Papilio demoleus Caterpillar of Papilio demoleus Caterpillar of Papilio demoleus Pupating caterpillar of Papilio demoleus
Pupa of Papilio demoleus Parasitic wasps on pupa of Papilio demoleus Pupa of Papilio demoleus Newly emerged Papilio demoleus Newly emerged Papilio demoleus
THIS PAGE REVISED ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2018. COPYRIGHT © Chin Fah Shin.