Purple Spotted Swallowtail

From the book, Fluttering Gems, Portraits of Endangered Butterflies by Susan P Cooper

The Purple Spotted Swallowtail is indigenous to the Australasia/Indomalaya Ecozone. They’re restricted to Papua New Guinea. The habitat where they live is actually extremely endangered; less than 6% of the forest is still standing. They live and thrive in extremely hot places.

Swallowtail butterflies have large, colorful wings, patterned with black and yellow or black and white. They have a distinctive tail on their hindwings, which gives them their name. The body of a swallowtail butterfly is typically thin and elongated, and they have large, compound eyes.

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