Papilio lowii

Great Yellow Mormon

Basic Information

General information

Family: “Papilionidae”
Sub Family: “Papilioninae”
Estimated Lifespan 22 Days

Garden Specific Information

Estimated Number In Flight: 5
Total Number of Pupae Received: 4645
First Flown On: 10/14/02
Last Flown On: 10/05/18

Species Range:

  • “Asia”

Host plants:

  • The larvae feed on several species of citrus plants.

Food Source

Adults can be found nectaring on a variety of flowers.

Etymology Of Name

The genus Papilio is Latin for butterfly. The origin of the specie lowii is currently unknown.

Habitat

Great Yellow Mormons are usually found within primary forest, but they often venture out into the surrounding areas.

Life history

Males patrol and defend their habitat from invading males while they look for receptive females. After mating, the females look for host plants to lay their eggs on. The caterpillars feed on the host plant until they form their pupae.

Flights

There are multiple generations each year making it possible to find adults year round.

Fun Facts

The Great Yellow Mormon is sexually dimorphic which means the males and females look different from each other. The females are also polymorphic which means there is also variation in the way the females look.