Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!
Papilio palinurus has a wingspan reaching about 8–10 centimetres (3.1–3.9 in). The dorsal sides of the wings are covered by a powder of green scales and the background vary from dark greenish to black, with broad bright emerald green metallic bands. The undersides are black with orange, white and blue spots along the edges of hindwings, that show extended tails at the end.
The green of Papilio palinurus is created by structural coloration, using special microstructures in the wing scales.The iridescent green sheen of the bands of this butterfly is not produced by pigments, but is structural coloration produced by the microstructure of the wing scales. They refract the light and give rise to blue and yellow visible reflections, producing the perception of green color when additively mixed.
The flight of these butterflies is swift and quite fast.
Avg. Wingspan: 8 - 10 cm / 3.1 - 3.9 "
Diet: caterpillars feed on food plants in the rue and citrus family
Diet: adults eat nectar from a variety of plants including clover, milkweed, thistles, and phlox.
Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta, Order: Lepidoptera