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Species Papilio pilumnus - Three-tailed Swallowtail

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies (excluding skippers))
Family Papilionidae (Swallowtails, Parnassians)
Subfamily Papilioninae
Tribe Papilionini (Fluted Swallowtails)
Genus Papilio
Species pilumnus (Three-tailed Swallowtail)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Pterourus pilumnus--sometimes this and relates species are split out from Papilio
Upperside of both fore- and hindwings yellow with black basal band. Wings bordered by a black band with submarginal yellow stripe. Hindwing has 3 tails and 2 blue spots above the shortest tail.(1)
Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador; rarely strays into southern Texas.(1)
Tropical woodlands.(1)
Flies March-October in Mexico.(1)
Caterpillar hosts: Leaves of Litsea tree in Lauraceae family.

Adult food: Flower nectar.(1)
First U.S. record for this sp. collected in Laredo, TX in 1974. (Adams 1984)
Print References
Adams, J.K. 1984. An old first United States record finally published: Papilio victorinus (Papilionidae) in Laredo, Texas. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 37(4): 318. Full PDF
Internet References