Thoas Swallowtail

(Papilio thoas)

Thoas Swallowtail
Native to: 

South Texas south to Brazil. Occasionally can be seen in Kansas and Oklahoma.

Plant Association: 

Larvae feed on plants in the Rutaceae family including Citrus spp. Adults feed on nectar from a variety of flowers including Lantana and Bougainvilla.

Interesting Fact: 

Caterpillars rest exposed on leaves, but are primarily left unharmed because they resemble bird droppings.

Photograph by: 
Patty Dodson