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Species Eurytides philolaus - Dark Kite-Swallowtail - Hodges#4185

Dark Kite Swallowtail - Eurytides philolaus Dark Kite Swallowtail - Eurytides philolaus
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies and Skippers)
Family Papilionidae (Swallowtails, Parnassians)
Subfamily Papilioninae
Tribe Leptocircini (Kite Swallowtails, Swordtails, Jays)
Genus Eurytides (Kite Swallowtails)
Species philolaus (Dark Kite-Swallowtail - Hodges#4185)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Dark Zebra Swallowtail
Explanation of Names
Eurytides philolaus (Boisduval, 1836)
Wing span: 3 1/2 - 3 3/4 inches (9 - 9.5 cm)
Upper surface of male forewing has broad black bars; female similar or an almost completely black form. Both with long tails
s. TX (as a stray) to Costa Rica - Map (MPG, BOA)
Deciduous-semideciduous tropical forests of lower elevations
Two flights during March-November. Most numerous at beginning of rainy season
Caterpillar hosts: Shrubs and small trees of Annonaceae family
First U.S. Record: South Padre Island, Hidalgo Co., TX - 1958 (Kendall & McGuire 1984)
Print References
Kendall, R.O., & W.W. McGuire. 1984. Some new and rare records of Lepidoptera found in Texas. Bulletin of the Allyn Museum 86: 1-50.
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