The Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly

These butterflies have been hanging around a lot lately, feeding on nectar from a shrub next to the wet shed. They are variously known as ‘Orchard Swallowtail‘ butterflies, or the ‘Large Citrus Butterfly’. Their scientific name is Papilo aegeus. In kuku yalanji, they are known as ‘walbul walbul’. These butterflies have a varied diet, but generally feed on citrus. The Coffs Harbour Butterfly House has some really good information about these butterflies if you are curious. Check them out. Oh, I didn’t post process these images, other than some cropping. The hi-res image has had some post processing work done to make it easier to print.

Hindwing patterns

Hindwing patterns

Settling for a feed

Settling for a feed

Papilio aegeus feeding (hi res image suitable for printing on A3)

Papilio aegeus feeding (hi res image suitable for printing on A3)

The hindwings look like a Spanish dancers skirt (to me)

The hind wings look like a Spanish dancers skirt (to me)

The patterns on Papillo aegeus are just beautiful

The patterns on Papilio aegeus are just beautiful

 

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “The Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly

  1. “The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.”
    .“Butterflies are self propelled flowers.”
    Differnt image post…………..#wordrpess!

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