|Checkered Swallowtail Butterfly – Papilio demoleus|
Also known as checkered lime swallowtail, citrus
swallowtail. Range: Indonesia and Phillippines
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Family Papilionidae includes about 560 species worldwide; 33 of these live in North America . Papilionidae is further subdivided into two subfamilies, Papilioninae and Parnassiinae. Most swallowtails are large, brightly colored or black butterflies with one or more tails on the hindwings .
Adult swallowtails frequent woodland edges and glades, weedy fields and gardens, just about anywhere there can be found open spaces and flowers. Larval host plants include those in the family Rutaceae.
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Order Lepidoptera, which contains both butterflies and moths, includes at least 125,000 known species including 12,000 in North America. Butterflies are revered for their brightly colored wings and pleasing association with fair weather and flowers.