Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Banded Swallowtail, Papilio demolion demolion (Cramer)

This is a frequently seen insect but hardly photographed because it seldom stays long on a single spot. It is a very swift flyer, seen both on the plains and the hills - often seen nectaring at a certain height on flowering bushes and shrubs in gardens as well as the edge of the forest.

Habitat indicator
RSP
WV
PG
VF
FTR
SC
LWDF
LWPF
LMEF
UMN
MN


 x
 x
 x
 x
 x
 x
 x



Frequency observation chart: (S marks the usual occurences, H mark an unusually high occurence, F for first record)

2013
2014
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct


S1

S1
S2
S2
S2




2014
2015
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
June
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec






S2
S2

S2
S2



2016
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
 S2
 S2

S1 
S2S5 
S2
S2(H)






2017
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
S20
S3S20
S2S3












The above specimen was seen puddling in the shades by a moist spot along a jungle stream. However, this is a very nervous butterfly and will immediately takes to the wings when disturbed. Above all photos from 15 March 2014 @ 14:07

This one had lost part of its hindwings, probably victim of a bird attack...21 April 2013 @ 10:45





When it does come to puddle (males), which will usually be mid-morning, it will choose moist spots in deeply forested areas and is shy from human approaches: 25 May 2014 @ 11:22 - 11:27

A male: 29 May 2014 @ 11:41

A trio of males enjoying a morning drink on a shaded moist spot: 05 June 2014 @ 11:38

Another male: 11:56

05 June 2015 @ 14:57

13:19

13:25
Above photos 13 June 2015

20 Sep 2015 @ 14:38

23 July 2016 @ 13:10

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