Swallowtail Butterfly Papilio spp.

Swallowtail Butterfly Papilio spp. Photo, Picture
  • Common Name: Swallowtail Butterfly
  • Order Name: Lepidoptera
  • Family Name: Papilionidae

The butterfly members of this Order of insects include the popular and usually colorful species. Butterfly groups include monarchs, satyrs, dagerwings, leaf-wings, owls, buckeyes, admirals, checkerspots, crecents, fritillaries, heliconids, riodinids, blues, hairstreaks, coppers, whites, orange-tips, sulphurs and swallowtails.

Large congregations of this swallowtail butterfly are found along the banks of an Indonesian river as they drink minerals. Caterpillars of this group have a retractable “Y” shaped fleshy protrusion called an osmetorium which serves as a stink organ when disturbed. Named for the long tails on hindwing, swallowtails represent an iconographic family with the French name for butterfly being papillon. The butterfly is a multicultural positive symbol for the beauty of nature and their daytime flight habits makes them more conspicuous than moths.