Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Magnificent Swallowtail
Papilio garamus (Geyer, [1829])


Family: Papilionidae
Subfamily: Papilioninae
Identification: Large black swallowtail with spatulate tails and a distinct central yellow band on each wing.
Wing Span: 5-7 inches (12-15 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: February to November.
Caterpillar Hosts: Avocado and magnolia.
Adult Food: Wild fuchsia in Costa Rica.
Habitat: City gardens, cloud forests.
Range: Central Mexico south to Costa Rica. Rare stray to Texas.
Conservation: None noted.
NCGR: G4,G5
Management Needs: Not needed for rare stray.
Comments: NULL