Orchard Swallowtail (on Native Finger Lime)

Orchard Swallowtail

(Papilio aegeus)

The Orchard Swallowtail is found in all Australian states except Tasmania and Western Australia, but is generally found in eastern Australia, most commonly in Queensland. During summer it can reach as far as Victoria. A sub-species is found in Papua New Guinea and Thursday Island. Also known as Large Citrus Butterfly.

Host Plant:

The Native Finger Lime (Citrus australasica), a thorny understorey shrub or small tree of lowland subtropical rainforest and dry rainforest in the coastal border region of Queensland and New South Wales. This plant can also host the Dainty Swallowtail and Fuscous Swallowtail butterflies which is depicted on this sign.

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