Dainty Swallowtail
Papilio anactus

Sometimes known as the Small Citrus butterfly because the caterpillars feed on native and introduced Citrus plants, including grape-fruit, lemon, lime, mandarin and oranges. This is an eastern states immigrant (early 1900’s) that has adapted to South Australia via the irrigated citrus orchards along the River Murray. The underside is similar to the upperside.

Key Facts

Family:papilionidae
Size (Male):67mm
Size (Female):72mm
Mature Larva Length:35mm
Months of Flight:jan, feb, mar, apr, may, oct, nov, dec
Abundance:common
Alternate Names:Dingy Swallowtail or Small Citrus
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