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Ludlow's Bhutan Swallowtail

The National Butterfly of Bhutan is Papilionidae Bhutanitis, Ludlow’s Bhutan Swallowtail, Atkinson has a Unique shape, with multiple tail processes, and two very bright red and black eye spots on the lower wings, very rare, not for Bhutan’s national butterfly. There are very few in any country, and it is a species cherished by butterfly collectors.

Insect Origin: Bhutan, India, China, the wingspan of the multi-tailed Ludlow’s Bhutan Swallowtail butterfly is 90-115mm. The wing shape is long and narrow, the wing surface is black, with wavy light yellow stripes, the hind wings have four tail-like protrusions of different lengths, and the anal corners have large red-orange spots and eye lines.

LUDLOW | Ludlow's Bhutan Swallowtail
Bhutanitis Ludlow

On a sunny day, the male butterfly likes to hang high in the sky above the treetops, hovering and soaring like an eagle. The adults lay their eggs in sheets on the back of the leaves of Aristolochia tomentosa, the egg period is 4 weeks, 1.5mm, orange-yellow, and there is no stacking phenomenon when the first instar larvae sleep.

This species is extremely rare and is seen in Yunnan, Myanmar, Bhutan, and India.