Graphium agamemnon agamemnon
Family : Papilionidae
Subfamily : Papilioninae
Genus : Graphium
Common Name : Tailed Jay, 统帅青凤蝶
Wingspan : 80-90mm
Hostplant(s) : Annona cherimola (Custard Apple, Sweetsop)
Annona muricata (Soursop)
Michelia alba (White Champaca)
Polyathia longifolia var. pendula (Melaka Tree)
The upperside of this butterfly comprise apple-green spots on a black background. The hindwing has a short tail, which is longer in the female. On the underside, the purple-brown ground colour has the same green spotting as well as some dark patches and red spots on the underside of the hindwing.
Habitat & Habits
The Tailed Jay is a swift-flying butterfly and is often encountered flitting from flower to flower, stopping for a second or two sipping the nectar. Its favourites are Lantana and Ixora blooms.
The caterpillar is known to feed on Annonaceae species, of which a particular favourite is the Yellow / White Chempaka.