Animal Species:Macleay's Swallowtail

Macleay's Swallowtail is a beautiful butterfly species identified by the tails on its hind wings and the green colour on the undersides of its wings.

Macleay's Swallowtail

 © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Macleay's Swallowtail

Size range

5.3 cm - 6.0 cm

Distribution

Macleay's Swallowtail is found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and north-eastern Tasmania.

Habitat

Macleay's Swallowtai lives in urban areas, forests and woodlands, and heath.

Seasonality

The Macleay's Swallowtai is commonly seen in urban Sydney from August to April.

Feeding and Diet

The caterpillars of Macleay's Swallowtai have adapted to feed on a variety of plants including the introduced Camphor Laurel (Cinnamomum camphora).

Classification

Species:
macleayanum
Genus:
Graphium
Subfamily:
Papilioninae
Family:
Papilionidae
Superfamily:
Papilionoidea
Order:
Lepidoptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?


Last Updated:

Tags butterflies, butterfly, insects, arthropods, invertebrates, identification, wildlife of sydney,