Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    macleayanum
    Genus
    Graphium
    Subfamily
    Papilioninae
    Family
    Papilionidae
    Super Family
    Papilionoidea
    Order
    Lepidoptera
    Class
    Insecta
    Subphylum
    Uniramia
    Phylum
    Arthopoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    5.3 cm - 6.0 cm

Introduction

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.

Habitat

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

Distribution

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

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).