The butterfly is brown/black with cream lace patterned markings and large orange spots on the hind wings.
The butterfly are usually seen rapidly flying in one direction at a constant height, they only land occasionally. Catching one is a real thrill.
- Scientific Name:
- Papilio demoleus
- Feeds On
- Emu Foot (Cullen tenax)
- Usual Location
- All over Australia, even inland
- Best Viewing
- Throughout the year in the north, during warmer months in the south
- Wing Span
- 10 cm
- At first, the caterpillar are black and as they grow they become shiny brown with orange lateral patches. At maturity, the caterpillar become rich velvety green with darker markings.
- The pupa is greenish-brown and attached to a stem of the host plant by cremaster and girdle. It has two projections on the head and one on the thorax. Its length is about 3cms.