Thoas Swallowtail (Papilio thoas)


 
Living image of a Thoas Swallowtail and a plant Living image of a Thoas Swallowtail and flowers
Family: Papilionidae (swallowtails).
 
Geographic Distribution: North and South America.
 
Wingspan: 105-128 mm.
 
Larval host plants: Citrus spp. and other Rutaceae, including Zanthoxylum spp..
 
Habits: In and at the edges of lowland tropical forests up to mid elevations.
 
Identification: This species shares very similar markings to the Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes). The relatively square markings of the two large yellow spots on the forewing next to the body distinguish the Thoas from the Giant, whose spots are more rounded or triangular.


Thumbnail of Thoas Swallowtail specimen, Dorsal View
Thoas Swallowtail,
Dorsal View
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Thumbnail of Thoas Swallowtail specimen, Ventral View
Thoas Swallowtail,
Ventral View
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