Friends in My Garden- 53

Blue Mormon

On Ixora flowers

Blue Mormon butterfly (Papilio polymnestor) belongs to the group of Swallowtail butterflies and is endemic to South India and Sri Lanka. They are fairly large andย  seen throughout the year.

I have seen the butterfly attracted to Ixora and Pagoda flowers in my garden for feeding, as is evident in these pictures. Hibiscus and Jasmine also are preferred food source. But the host plant for the larvae is Citrus plant.

The life cycle is similar to other swallowtails, with the caterpillar passing through five instars before the metamorphosis. If interested, you can view my posts on Common Mormon and Lime butterfly to see some stages of life cycle.

Blue Mormon is the State butterfly of the Indian state of Maharashtra.




On Pagoda flowers



26 thoughts on “Friends in My Garden- 53

      1. Which info you are asking about?
        These are pictures that I capture in my garden.. look at the tag, โ€œFriends in my garden โ€œ


      2. I asked generally.The informations based on on the pics. It’s very interesting…..


  1. (EN) You share any time different and amazing wonders of the nature, so thanks Indira๐Ÿ˜Š
    (IT) Condividi ogni volta differenti e stupende meraviglie della natura, quindi grazie Indira๐Ÿ˜Š

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