Chequered Swallowtail (on Emu Foot)

Chequered Swallowtail

(Papilio demoleus)

The Chequered Swallowtail is also known as Common Lime Butterfly, Lemon Butterfly, Lime Swallowtail, Small Citrus Butterfly, Dingy Swallowtail and Citrus Swallowtail. It is found in dry arid and semi-arid habitats in inland areas, preferring moister areas such as along creeks and rivers or near billabongs where the usual larval food plants grow as low-growing shrubby perennial legumes.

Host Plant:

Emu Foot, (Cullen tenax), a perennial herb up to 50 cm long.

Learn more about the Chequered Swallowtail in the book entitled Create More Butterflies by Frank Jordan & Helen Schwencke which is available from Earthling Enterprises