Common Mormon (Papilio polytes)


 
Living image of Common Mormon Family: Papilionidae (swallowtails).
 
Geographic Distribution: Asia.
 
Wingspan: 90-100 mm (3.5 - 4 in).
 
Larval host plants: Cultivated Citrus spp., especially orange (C. sinensis) and lime (C. aurantifolia) as well as other related plants.
 
Habits: Cultivated land and lowlands.
 
Identification: Variable. Females have three color forms. One looks similar to the males the others mimic other species of swallowtails. Males are mostly black with a band of cream spots running through the center of the hindwing and continuing on the outer margin of the forewing.
 


Small image Common Mormon, dorsal view
Common Mormon,
Dorsal View
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Small image Common Mormon, ventral view
Common Mormon,
Ventral View
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