Papilio machaon Linnaeus 1758 (Family Papilionidae)


Larva on Selinum carvifolia

Forewing Length: 32-40mm, Wingspan: 50-80mm; Proboscis Length: 18-20mm
Egg Larva Pupa Imago
? July - September
(Earliest: 8.7)
(Winter) April - August
(Earliest: 15.5)

Protective Chemicals
Acids Isobutyric, Methylbutyric

Biotopes:
Meadows

Wet Meadows
Food:
(Larva)
(Oligophagous)

Several Apiaceae
Food:
(Adult)

Taraxacum campylodes Nectar
Parasitoids:
Pimpla rufipes Larva

Trogus lapidator Larva
Other Possible Parasitoids:
Several Ichneumonidae Larvae

Lepidoptera of Belgium: Papilio machaon
UK Butterflies Swallowtail
Lepidoptera and Their Ecology: Papilio machaon
Lepiforum: Papilio machaon


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