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Papilio polytes Linnaeus, 1758

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English: Papilio polytes, Common Mormon, is a common species of Swallowtail butterfly widely distributed across Asia.

The first few instars of the caterpillar closely resemble those of the Lime Butterfly. The later instars become dark green in colour. There is a transverse black band with an eye-spot on each side on the 4th and 5th segments. This band, being darker and brighter than that of the Lime Butterfly caterpillar, is the key distinction between the two. The Common Mormon caterpillar also has a black and white oblique band on the 8th and 9th segments, making it resemble that of the Blue Mormon. The deep red osmeterium and yellowish-brown head (underside) help distinguish it from the Blue Mormon caterpillar which has a greenish head.

The Common Mormon caterpillars are heavily parasitised by Chalcid wasp, with over a hundred tiny wasps eventually emerging from each Mormon pupa.
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English: Kadavoor, Kerala, India.
Date 27 December 2010
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