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Dark Kite-Swallowtail (Eurytides philolaus)
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Dark Kite-Swallowtail (Eurytides philolaus [Boisduval])

Wing span: 3 1/2 - 3 3/4 inches (9 - 9.5 cm).

Identification: Upper surface of male forewing has broad black bars; female similar or an almost completely black form. Both with long tails.

Life history: Not reported.

Flight: Two flights during March-November. Most numerous at beginning of rainy season.

Caterpillar hosts: Shrubs and small trees of Annonaceae family.

Adult food: Flower nectar.

Habitat: Deciduous-semideciduous tropical forests of lower elevations.

Range: South Texas (only rarely) south to Costa Rica.

Conservation: None noted.

Management needs: Not needed for tropical stray.

The Nature Conservancy Global Rank: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.

References:


Beutelspacher, C. R. 1984. Mariposas de Mexico, Fasciculo I. LaPrensa

     Medica Mexicana, S. A. 171 pages, 20 color plates.



Opler, P. A. and V. Malikul. 1992. A field guide to eastern butterflies.

     Peterson field guide #4. Houghton-Mifflin Co., Boston. 396 pages,

     48 color plates.



Scott, J. A. 1986. The butterflies of North America. Stanford University Press,

     Stanford, Calif. 583 pages, 64 color plates.

Author: Jane M. Struttmann

Dark Kite-Swallowtail (Eurytides philolaus)
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