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Papilio demodocus (Esper citrus swallowtail)

Synonyms: Papilio demodocus albicans; Papilio demodocus docusdemo

Wikipedia Abstract

Papilio demodocus, the citrus swallowtail or Christmas butterfly, is a large swallowtail butterfly common to sub-Saharan Africa. After hatching from their egg, the caterpillar feeds on a few leaves on citrus trees before pupation.
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Prey / Diet

Aegle marmelos (Indian bael)[1]
Citrus aurantium (myrtle-leaved orange tree)[2]
Citrus japonica (sour orange)[1]
Euphorbia hirta (Asthma Weed)[1]
Fagaropsis angolensis[2]
Foeniculum vulgare (sweet fennel)[2]
Glycosmis pentaphylla[2]
Hippobromus pauciflorus (false horsewood)[2]
Phellodendron amurense (Amur corktree)[2]
Pseudospondias microcarpa[2]
Ptaeroxylon obliquum (sneezewood)[2]
Skimmia japonica[2]
Toddalia asiatica (orange climber)[2]
Vepris natalensis (Bastard White Ironwood)[2]
Zanthoxylum capense (Small Knobwood)[2]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Papilio dardanus (Mocker swallowtail)1
Papilio nireus (Narrow blue-banded swallowtail)1
Phyllocnistis citrella (Citrus leafminer)2

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Zoological Society of London





Attributes / relations provided by
1HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
2Jorrit 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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