This lovely smaller Swallowtail prefers to feed on either native Citrus species or the many introduced Citrus. It also feeds on Geijeraparviflora (Native Willow) which mostly grows in the drier country of western NSW.
The Dainty Swallowtail is similar to the Orchard Swallowtail butterfly but is smaller. They are an infrequent visitor to our garden and are attracted to lay eggs on the new growth on our Citrus trees.
Female Dainty Swallowtail laying an egg on a new lemon tree leaf, 11 Nov 2007 12.00 pm
A female laying eggs on our mandarin tree, 20 Feb 2017 3.45 pm
During its brief stop to feed this butterfly kept fluttering its wings, 20 Feb 2017 2.40 pm
Flying in to lay eggs on lemon tree leaves, 11 Dec 2007 12.02 pm
Final instar Dainty Swallowtail caterpillar, 16 Nov 2015
Final instar Dainty Swallowtail caterpillar on Finger Lime in Bellingen, 29 Nov 2015 (Photo Phil Gilmour)
Dainty Swallowtail preparing to pupate (pre-pupa stage), 2 Apr 2017
Dainty Swallowtail pupa Bellingen, 26 Mar 2011 (Photo Phil Gilmour)
Dainty Swallowtail pupa clearly showing the web cremaster (girdle), 15 Apr 2017