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Butterflies of the Indian subcontinent
Paris Peacock
Papilio paris  LINNAEUS, 1758
Family - PAPILIONIDAE
subfamily - PAPILIONINAE
Tribe - PAPILIONINI
Papilio paris West Bengal, India Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
There are about 210 species of Papilio worldwide, about 60 of which occur in the Oriental region. The Oriental species include several butterflies such as krishna, bianor, crino, buddha and paris that have black wings, heavily peppered with metallic green scales, giving them a 'mossy' appearance.
Papilio paris is the commonest of these 'green' Swallowtails. It is found in India, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Sumatra, Sulawesi and Java.
Habitats
This species is found in rainforest and humid deciduous forest at elevations between sea level and about 500m.
Lifecycle
The larval foodplants include Citrus, Toddalia and Euodia ( Rutaceae ).
Adult behaviour

Males are sometimes seen imbibing mineralised moisture from damp ground, but both sexes tend to be seen mainly when in flight, or when hovering while nectaring at flowering bushes.

Papilio paris West Bengal, India Adrian Hoskins

 

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