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Papilio thoas (Giant swallowtail)

Synonyms: Papilio thoas autocles; Papilio thoas brasiliensis; Papilio thoas nealces

Wikipedia Abstract

The King Swallowtail or Thoas Swallowtail (Papilio thoas) is a butterfly of the family Papilionidae. It is found in the southernmost United States, Mexico, Central America and South America (as far south as Argentina and Uruguay). The species is easily confused with the Giant Swallowtail, which it closely resembles in both larval and adult stages.
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Adult Weight [1]  .49 grams
Speed [1]  10.29 MPH (4.6 m/s)

Prey / Diet

Citrus aurantiifolia (lime)[2]
Citrus aurantium (myrtle-leaved orange tree)[2]
Citrus limon (lemon)[2]
Citrus reticulata (tangerine)[2]
Piper aduncum (higuillo de hoja menuda)[2]
Piper divaricatum (cypress peperomia)[3]
Piper peltatum (baquina)[2]
Piper umbellatum[3]
Ruta graveolens (common rue)[2]
Zanthoxylum fagara (lime pricklyash)[2]
Zanthoxylum martinicense (white pricklyash)[2]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Dierenpark Emmen
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
Tropical Butterfly House


Argentina; Belize; Brazil;



Attributes / relations provided by 1FLIGHT PHYSIOLOGY OF NEOTROPICAL BUTTERFLIES: ALLOMETRY OF AIRSPEEDS DURING NATURAL FREE FLIGHT, ROBERT DUDLEY AND ROBERT B. SRYGLEY, J. exp. Biol. 191, 125–139 (1994) 2HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández 3Jorrit 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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