(previously known as Papilio macfarlanei)
(Photo: courtesy of Mark Hopkinson)
The caterpillar of this species is initially green. It has a humped appearance, and two small yellow spikes on its tail.
As the caterpillar ages, it develops brown markings, and finally can become totally brown.
The caterpillar is feeds on plants in ANNONACEAE, including
The pupa is green with a blunt brown thoracic horn, and often has other brown markings.
The wings of the adults are black with pale green spots and patches, and have a span of about 7 cms.
The underside is similar, except that the underside of each hind wing has some red spots.
The species occurs in
and in Australia in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp. 262-263.
Arthur G. Butler,
On a collection from Cape York and the south-east coast of New Guinea,
Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London,
Volume for 1877, Part 3, p. 471, No. 30.
(updated 28 September 2010, 10 February 2015, 7 June 2020)