Papilio multicaudata pusillus
Photo Life History: Papilio multicaudata pusillus
Suitable Lab Host Plants:
Caring for Live Female Butterflies: Feed females every day.
Methods of Female Oviposition: The open screen cages slide show demonstrates how this is accomplished for glaucus-group females, which, can be quite uncooperative for a few days when it comes to laying eggs in captivity. It's important to set them up in a cage where there is plenty of room to fly to and from the host plant. Also, provide nectar sources for females. Clark Thompson created a successful setup for California populations of Papilio rutulus.
How to Find Eggs: Look for immatures on isolated host plants, if at all possible.
How to Hatch Eggs: Consolidate eggs into one container.
How to Find Caterpillars in the Field: For earlier instars, look on the dorsal side of the leaf. For later instars, look for swallowtail pads. Finding glaucus-group caterpillars in numbers can be difficult and sometimes requires a certain degree of patience and hard work. Always remember to look for isolated host plants. Another helpful hint to find caterpillars applies especially to the state of Wyoming where cities such as Evanston, Green River, Rock Springs, and Rawlins have planted green ash in their corporate areas. In past years, two-tailed swallowtails have utilized these trees and larvae have been found on them in fairly good numbers.
Number of Broods per Year: 1
Overwintering Stage: Pupa.
Avoiding Diapause Techniques: Not applicable.
Disease Prevention: Change out host plant and remove frass every five to six days using the open terrarium technique.
Emergence: Emergence Container