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Mating Lime Butterflies

Mating Lime Butterflies (Papilio demoleus malayanus)

Mating Sequence of Lime Butterfly - 13/03/2013

The female eclosed at 10.30 am this morning, I took it out of the box and left it
drying on the snake weed. The total number of hours that the female Lime Butterfly
stayed on the Snake weed was around 4 hours, while hanging on to the plant and drying
itself it also started to pump out pheromones to attract the males of the species. Within two
hours the male appeared and offered his services, which the female accepted.

I noticed when the two were attached to each other end to end, the female's last abdomen segment
seems to have retracted into itself so that it can accept the male's sex organs which was inserted into the receptacle offered by the female.

On breaking apart after mating sequence the female's last segment of the abdomen was observed
to still having the notch, and after about 15 minutes the notch was filled up to its' normal pointed

Anyways this is a layman's observation.
Gardens, swamp edges
Date taken
Scientific name
Papilio demoleus malayanus
Equipment used
Nikon 1 V2, FT1, Nikkor 105mm macro

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