Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Dark Kite-Swallowtail
Eurytides philolaus (Boisduval, 1836)


Family: Papilionidae
Subfamily: Papilioninae
Identification: Upper surface of male forewing has broad black bars; female similar or an almost completely black form. Both with long tails.
Wing Span: 3 1/2 - 3 3/4 inches (9 - 9.5 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: Two flights during March-November. Most numerous at beginning of rainy season.
Caterpillar Hosts: Shrubs and small trees of Annonaceae family.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Deciduous-semideciduous tropical forests of lower elevations.
Range: South Texas (only rarely) south to Costa Rica.
Conservation: None noted.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: Not needed for tropical stray.
Comments: NULL