Possible Larval Food Plants: Other Trees we have planted which may provide food for Macleay's Swallowtail caterpillars are: LAURACEAE - Cryptocarya glaucescens (Jackwood), C. meisneriana (Thick-leaved laurel), WINTERACEAE - Tasmannia insipidia (Brush Pepper Bush).
Breeding season on the Dorrigo Plateau: Thought to be September to May (but could be longer)
Sighted: All year, sometimes our most common butterfly with as many as 5 or 6 in the garden together Larva Sightings: Early May 2019- 2nd instar larva on Doryphora sassafras - 16/05/19 enters 3td instar, now rests on upper surface of leaf rather than the under surface as in 1st & 2nd instar.
Status Dorrigo Plateau: common
Flight habit: Throughout the day.
Habitat: Rainforest - subtropical.
Items of Interest: These beautiful green, black and white fast flying Swallowtail butterflies bring us joy in the garden all through the year. We see them daily in summer, often here all day, and whilst less common in winter we see them during every month of the year. In the colder months when butterflies are scarce, the Macleay's Swallowtails feed on the small flowers like Forget-me-nots, Bluebells and Primulas and Eriostemons as soon as they come in to flower, fluttering their wings constantly whilst feeding to keep their balance. In summer their favourite food is our Buddleias and often they disturb each other on flowers before racing away in a chase activity sometimes with 3 or 4 of them joining in.