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Red-bodied Swallowtail

Red-bodied Swallowtail

Photo: C & D Frith
Australia's Cape York Peninsula

Red-bodied Swallowtail:  Pachliopta polydorous

  • This is one of the most common species in the Wet Tropics, seen along tracks and near the edges of rainforest patches.
  • The adults are slow flyers and often feed on flowers growing at forest margins.
  • Its larvae feed on Aristolochia vines, also used by the similar Big Greasy Butterfly and Birdwing Butterflies.
  • After an egg is laid on a leaf, the young larva eats the eggshell before feeding on the food plant.
  • The caterpillars are brown with several random tubercles of red or yellow colour.
  • They generally pupate under a leaf but some have been known to pupate beneath rocks amongst vine thickets.
  • Other papilionid butterflies found in the same area include the Ulysses Butterfly and the Capaneus Butterfly.

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Tropical North Queensland, Australia.
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