The Asian Swallowtail is also know as Papilio xuthus

The family to which Papilio xuthus belongs, Papilionidae, has around 700 species and some of the largest butterflies throughout the world (Smart 1985). They can be spotted in locations around the globe, but are most commonly found in Southern Asia (Wagner 2005). Although it may appear to be a simple organism, P. xuthus has a complex life cycle andAsian Swallowtail, black and light yellow many more unique features that make it extraordinary. They are still quite poorly understood, but more recent study has revealed meaning behind their behavior and complexity of their chemical composition (Preston-Mafham and Preston-Mafham 1999). Explore this amazing organism with us in the following pages!

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Butterfly Corner
Encyclopedia of Life


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