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Papilio palinurus

(Emerald Swallowtail)


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Common Names

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Common Names in Chinese:


Common Names in English:

Emerald Swallowtail, Emerald Peacock, Green-Banded Peacock

Common Names in Finnish:


Common Names in French:

Machaon émeraude

Common Names in German:

Grüngestreifter Schwalbenschwanz

Common Names in Macedonian:

Смарагдна ластовичина опашка


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Family Papilionidae

'The Papilionidae belong to the Superfamily Papilionoidea, the true butterflies. Swallowtails are worldwide in distribution and comprise approximately 560 species. They are richest in the tropics, and their brilliant colors make them favorites of butterfly enthusiasts. Many swallowtail species, especially in the tropics, mimic other butterflies that are distasteful, while others are distasteful and cause birds and other vertebrate predators to regurgitate. Swallowtail adults are medium to large and may or may not have tails, while parnassian adults are medium, tailless, and have translucent wings . All adult parnassians and swallowtails have three pairs of walking legs , and adults of all species visit flowers for nectar.


Subfamily Papilioninae

Swallowtails are members of the Family Papilionidae. They comprise about 560 species, have a worldwide distribution, and are richest in the tropics. Many are brilliantly colored and are favorites of butterfly enthusiasts. Many species, especially those in the tropics, mimic other butterflies that are distasteful, while others are distasteful and cause birds and other vertebrate predators to regurgitate. Adults are medium to large, may or may not have tails, and have three pairs of walking legs . Adults of all species visit flowers for nectar. Males of most species patrol for mates, while males of one group (Black, Old World, Anise, and Indra Swallowtails) perch on hilltops or ridges instead of patrolling . Swallowtails lay globular eggs and overwinter as pupae. Some species spend more than one year in the pupal stage, likely to survive drought years when little caterpillar food is available. In arid areas, the Black, Anise, and Indra Swallowtails often display this strategy.


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Papilio palinurus auffenbergi Späth • Papilio palinurus var. nikagoras Fruhstorfer • Papilio palinurus var. nymphodorus Fruhstorfer • Papilio palinurus var. tubero Fruhstorfer


Name Status: Accepted Name .

Comment: ST

Last scrutiny: 31-Mar-2007

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Papilio

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 134 species and subspecies in this genus. Here are just 100 of them:

P. aegeus (Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly) · P. aegus (Citrus Swallowtail) · P. agestor (Tawny Mime) · P. alcmenor (Redbreast) · P. alexanor (Southern Swallowtail) · P. amynthor (Norfolk Swallowtail) · P. anchisiades (Ruby-Spotted Swallowtail) · P. andraemon (Bahaman Swallowtail) · P. androgeus (Androgeus Swallowtail) · P. antimachus (African Giant Swallowtail) · P. appalachiensis (Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail) · P. arcturus (Blue Peacock) · P. argiolus (Spring Azure) · P. aristodemus (Schaus' Swallowtail) · P. aristodemus ponceanus (Papilio Aristodemus) · P. aristor (Scarce Haitian Swallowtail) · P. astyalus (Broad-Banded Swallowtail) · P. bianor (Chinese Peacock) · P. boeticus (Bean Butterfly) · P. bootes (Tailed Redbreast) · P. brevicauda (Short-Tailed Swallowtail) · P. brevicauda bretonensis (Short-Tailed Swallowtail) · P. brevicauda brevicauda (Short-Tailed Swallowtail) · P. brevicauda gaspeensis (Short-Tailed Swallowtail) · P. buddha (Malabar Banded Peacock) · P. caiguanabus (Poey's Black Swallowtail) · P. canadensis (Canadian Tiger Swallowtail) · P. castor (Common Raven) · P. chikae (Luzon Peacock Swallowtail) · P. constantinus (Constantine S Swallowtail) · P. cresphontes (Giant Swallowtail) · P. crino (Common Banded Peacock) · P. cyproeofila (Common White-Banded Swallowtail) · P. dardanus (African Swallowtail) · P. demodocus (Citrus Swallowtail) · P. demodocus demodocus (Citrus Swallowtail Butterfly) · P. demoleus (Common Lime Butterfly) · P. demolion (Banded Swallowtail) · P. desmondi (Taita Blue Banded Papilio) · P. dialis (Southern Chinese Peacock) · P. dravidarum (Malabar Raven) · P. echerioides (White-Banded Swallowtail) · P. elephenor (Yellow Crested Spangle) · P. epycides (Lesser Mime) · P. euphranor (Forest Swallowtail) · P. eurymedon (Pale Swallowtail) · P. garamas (Magnificent Swallowtail) · P. garamas abderus (Abderus Swallowtail) · P. garamus (Magnificent Swallowtail) · P. glaucus (Eastern Tiger Swallowtail) · P. glaucus australis (Tiger Swallowtail) · P. glaucus canadensis (Canadian Tiger Swallowtail) · P. glaucus garcia (Eastern Tiger Swallowtail) · P. glaucus glaucus (Eastern Tiger Swallowtail) · P. glycerion (Chestnut Heath) · P. helenus (Red Helen) · P. hero (Scarce Heath Butterfly) · P. homerus (Homerus Swallowtail) · P. hospiton (Corsican Swallowtail) · P. hyppason (Hyppason Swallowtail) · P. indra (Indra Swallowtail) · P. indra calcicola (Indra Swallowtail) · P. indra fordi (Ford's Swallowtail) · P. indra kaibabensis (Grand Canyon Swallowtail) · P. indra martini (Martin's Swallowtail) · P. indra minori (Minor's Swallowtail) · P. indra panamintensis (Panamint Swallowtail) · P. indra pergamus (Edwards' Swallowtail) · P. indra phyllisae (Indra Swallowtail) · P. indra pygmaeus (Indra Swallowtail) · P. janaka (Tailed Redbreast) · P. jasius (Two-Tailed Pasha) · P. joanae (Ozark Swallowtail) · P. jordani (Jordan's Swallowtail) · P. krishna (Krishna Peacock) · P. leucotaenia (Cream-Banded Swallowtail) · P. levana (Map Butterfly) · P. liomedon (Malabar Banded Swallowtail) · P. lowi (Great Yellow Mormon) · P. machaon (Old World Swallowtail) · P. machaonides (Machaonides Swallowtail) · P. machaon aliaska (Alaskan Old World Swallowtail) · P. machaon bairdii (Baird's Swallowtail) · P. machaon hudsonianus (Hudsonian Old World Swallowtail) · P. machaon oregonius (Oregon Swallowtail) · P. mayo (Andaman Mormon) · P. memnon (Great Mormon Butterfly) · P. memnon agenor (Great Mormon) · P. menatius (Menatius Swallowtail) · P. morondavana (Madagascan Emperor Swallowtail) · P. multicaudata (Two-Tailed Swallowtail) · P. multicaudata multicaudata (Two-Tailed Swallowtail) · P. multicaudatus (Two-Tailed Swallowtail) · P. nephelus (Yellow Helen) · P. nireus (Green-Banded Swallowtail) · P. ophidicephalus (Emperor Swallowtail) · P. ornythion (Ornythion Swallowtail) · P. palamedes (Palamedes Swallowtail) · P. palinurus (Emerald Swallowtail) · P. pamphilus (Small Heath Butterfly)

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