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Butterflies

Common
Lime

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Common Lime

Papilio demoleus

The Common Lime is a common and widespread swallowtail butterfly. Unlike most swallowtail butterflies, it does not have a prominent tail. It has a wingspan 80–100 mm.

Above, the background colour is black. A broad, irregular yellow band is found on the wings above, which is broken in the case of the forewing. Besides this the butterfly has a large number of irregular spots on the wing. The upper hindwing has a red tornal spot with blue edging around it.

Lime Swallowtail, Citrus Swallowtail, Lime Butterfly

Regional Names
  • Assamese:
    নেমুটেঙা পখিলা
  • Bengali:
    সাত ডোরা, রুরু
  • Malayalam:
    നാരകശലഭം
  • Marathi:
    लिंबाळी
  • Tamil:
    எலுமிச்சை அழகி
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Taxanomy

LEPIDOPTERA
PAPILIONIDAE
Papilio demoleus

Quick Facts
  • This butterfly is an economic pest on many cultivated citrus species in India, Pakistan, Iraq and the Middle East.
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