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Ulysses Butterfly

Photo: Courtesy Mattheus Nube

Ulysses Butterfly: (Papilio ulysses)

  • It has an alternative common name of Mountain Blue.
  • This is one of the most easily recognised butterflies due to its trade marked electric blue wings.
  • It has become a symbol of tourism throughout Northern Queensland.
  • Its is commonly found from Mackay north, but appears more prevalent in upland rainforest areas.
  • The Ulysses populations have recently increased in suburban area due to the planting of its larval food plant (Euodia elleryana).
  • During courtship the male briefly flutters above the female, displaying its bright blue wings. Pairing usually lasts around 2 hours.
  • Flight is strong, controlled, and swift. It flies in woodland and open country with an undulating flight.
  • It Drinks from flowers and puddles of water.

Additional Information: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey

  • When perched, the iridescent blue is hidden by the still attractive but darker underwings (above).

  • They often fly above or on the edge of the canopy, frequently along rivers and the side of the road, and are commonly attracted to gardens in the region.

  • As it open and shuts its wings in flight, the flashing of it's bright blue can be seen from several hundred metres away.

  • It's caterpillar feeds on the pretty 'Pink Evodia' tree that can be found along the roadsides in the wet tropics. Caterpillars also feed on Citrus.
    Script: Courtesy of  Damon Ramsey BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide

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