A Loud Lime Butterfly

Papilio demoleus is a swallowtail butterfly that does not have a prominent “tail.” 

The common name “lime butterfly” is derived from their host plants, mostly citrus.

One thing that strikes me about this butterfly is how “in your face” it is. Unlike many visitors to the garden with subtle colorations that only become visible on closer inspection, this one is loud and upfront. More a Beethoven symphony than Miles Davis jazz.

It is covered in bold stripes and colors, from its wings to its body.

It looks like it was designed by one of the Italian or French fashion design houses — or maybe they got their design inspirations from nature.

This butterfly wouldn’t be out of place on a catwalk, even if it was only “discovered” outside a window in the garden.


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