Domain- Eukarya
Kingdom- Animalia
Phylum- Arthropoda
Class- Insecta         
Order- Lepidoptera
Family- Papilionidae
Papilio xuthus

    The Papilio xuthus is found in the domain Eukarya. Organisms in this domain are categorized as organisms having membrane bound organelles. Organisms in this domain also have DNA in their nucleus. The Ailuropoda melanoleuca is an example of an organism from this domain. To learn more about it, click here.

Organisms in the kingdom Animalia are multicellular, heterotrophs, mobile, and lack cell walls. An example of an organism from this kingdom is the Strix varia. To read about more information on the organism, click here.

    The phylum Arthropoda includes organisms that have segmented bodies and appendages, jointed legs, and an exoskeleton that is made out of chitin. Some examples of organisms in this phylum are Tabanus longiglossus, Chauliodes pectinicornis, and Panorpa sigmoides. Click on the names of the organisms for more information about them. 

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The P. xuthus is found in the class Insecta. Organisms in this class are identified as having three pairs of legs and a segmented body. The segmented body includes a head with compound eyes and a pair of antennae, abdomen, and thorax. Organisms in this group are also capable of flight and either have one or two pairs of wings (Encyclopedia of Life 1878). An example of an organism from this class which is related to the Papilio xuthus is the Somatochlora hineana, click here for more inforamtion on this organism. The phylogenetic tree (left, credit to Madelinn Tipler) of the class Insecta, shows the butterflies, which include the P. xuthus, in the order Lepidoptera. They are closly related to the order Diptera, which includes the flies. 

    The order Lepidoptera contains organisms that have two pairs of scaly wings. They also undergo complete metamorphosis (Encyclopedia of Life 1878). The Danaus plexippus is also found in this order. You can click here to read more about it. The phylogenetic tree (right) shows some butterflies in the order Lepidoptera. This tree shows that butterflies in the family Papilonidae, which include the P. xuthus, are the first family of butterflies to branch off.

Organisms in this family, Papilionidae, usually have wings that are eloganted. Their eggs are globular, and the larvae have structures called osmeteria (BugGuide 2003).

Members of the genus Papilio, meaning butterfly, have extended tails and use citrus as a host plant. There are more than 200 species in this genus (Miller and Miller 2004).

    The species Papilio xuthus are cream, white, and yellow in color in both sexes. They also have two postdiscal spots on the hindwing. Members of this species are only able to mate with members of the same species (Miller and Miller 2004).



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