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Blue Mormon
 

A large blue and black swallowtail butterfly found endemic to India and Sri Lanka. Occurs throughout the year but more common in the monsoon and immediately after it.

Scientific Name : Papilio polymnestor 
Phylum : Arthropoda 
Class : Insecta 
Order : Lepidoptera 
Family : Papilionidae 
Genus : Papilio  
Species : P. polymnestor 
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Reproduction : Host plants include Atalantia racemosa and Atalantia wightii, Glycosmis arborea, Paramigyna monophylla, Citrus grandis, Citrus limon and other Citrus cultivars. 
Fascinating Facts : Frequents forest paths and streams. The male is fond of sun and avoids the shade. 
Habits : Most common in heavy rainfall areas, such as evergreen forests. Also common in deciduous forests and wooded urban areas. 
Food Habits : Frequents flowers especially of Mussaenda frondosa, Ixora coccinea, Jasminum spp. and Asystasia gangetica. Known to visit animal droppings. 
Conservation Status :  
Status based on Wildlife Protection ACT 1972 : --select-- 
   

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