Eggs laid singly on young leaves or shoots. Caterpillars are often jerky in their movements. You may even be able to ‘hear’ them chewing!! If disturbed they will give off a strong odour from their osmeterium.
Chrysalis often attach to underside of leaf to avoid detection.
These butterflies belong to a group known as ‘kites’, because of the shape of their wings. they are easily recognisable.
- Scientific Name
- Graphium sarpedon
- Feeds On
- Camphor Laurel (Cinnamomum camphora)
- Usual Location
- Eastern tropical and subtropical seaboard of Australia
- Best Viewing
- Throughout the year in the north. September to May in the south.
- Wing Span
- 6 cm
- Initially dark grey and hairy. Later they become green and hump-backed with a pair of white spikes at the tail.
- Green with a few yellow lines that converge to a spike on its head.