Attributes of Papilio victorinus

Victorine Swallowtail
Papilio victorinus Doubleday, 1844

Family: Papilionidae
Subfamily: Papilioninae
Identification: Wings mostly black; no tails on hindwings. Underside of male hindwing with marginal and postmedian bands of red spots. Two female forms: one resembles male, the other has wide green band on upper hindwing.
Wing Span: 3 3/4 - 4 3/8 inches (9.5 - 11 cm).
Life History: Eggs are laid singly; caterpillars resemble bird droppings. Chrysalids overwinter and look like a piece of wood.
Flight: Several flights from January-November.
Caterpillar Hosts: Avocado tree (Persea americana).
Adult Food: Flower nectar including Lantana and Impatiens.
Habitat: Mid-elevation moist-wet tropical forests.
Range: El Salvador north into Mexico. An infrequent stray into south Texas.
Conservation: Not required for tropical stray.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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February 05, 2014 janazak Morelos, Mexico April 01, 2014 Details
October 12, 2012 John van Dort Francisco Morazán, Honduras October 14, 2012 Details
October 17, 2006 legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler) Tamaulipas, Mexico October 03, 2007 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Nuevo Leon, Mexico December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Tamaulipas, Mexico December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Texas, United States, Webb County December 31, 2004 Details