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Papilio anchisiades (Rubyspot swallowtail)

Synonyms: Heraclides anchisiades lamasi; Papilio ideus; Papilio theramenes

Wikipedia Abstract

Papilio anchisiades, the ruby-spotted swallowtail or red-spotted swallowtail, is a butterfly of the family Papilionidae. It is found from southern Texas south to Argentina. Rare strays can be found up to Kansas, southeastern Arizona, and western Texas. The wingspan is 70–100 mm. There are several generations per year with adults on wing from May to October. The larvae feed on various species of the Rutaceae family, including Citrus, Casimiroa, and Zanthoxylum species. The adults feed on flower nectar.
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Diet [1]  Herbivore
Litter Size [2]  342

Prey / Diet

Choisya dumosa (Mexican orange)[3]
Citrus aurantium (myrtle-leaved orange tree)[3]
Citrus japonica (sour orange)[3]
Citrus limon (lemon)[3]
Citrus reticulata (tangerine)[3]
Melicope accedens (hercules-club pricklyash)[3]
Ruta graveolens (common rue)[3]
Zanthoxylum americanum (Common pricky-ash)[3]
Zanthoxylum bombacifolium (white sapote)[3]
Zanthoxylum caribaeum (prickly yellow)[3]
Zanthoxylum fagara (lime pricklyash)[3]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Anoplophora chinensis (Citrus Longhorned Beetle)1
Ceroplastes grandis1
Mesolecanium lucidum1
Papilio androgeus (Queen page swallowtail)7
Phyllocnistis citrella (Citrus leafminer)4
Pulvinaria flavescens3


Parasitized by 
Casimiroa pringlei[4]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Dierenpark Emmen
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
Tropical Butterfly House
Zoological Society of London


Belize; Brazil; Suriname;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Body size, egg size, and their interspecific relationships with ecological and life history traits in butterflies (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea, Hesperioidea), Enrique García-Barros, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society (2000), 70: 251–284
3HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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