Studies on the Jamaican Kite Swallowtail, Eurytides (Protesilaus) marcellinus (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae).

E. Garraway, A. J. A. Bailey, T. Farr, J. Woodley


The eggs of E. marcellinus are unsculptured except for a pattern of numerous, incised small circles. Three larval morphs were observed: blue-green, pale brown and black. Pupation may last 7-10 days or there might be pupal diapause which is broken by moisture. The only known food plant is Oxandra lanceolata, a tree which is mostly common in the central and western parishes. The only known breeding site is at Rozelle in the eastern parish of St. Thomas, but indications are that other sites are likely to occur in central Jamaica.


Annonaceae; biology; diapause; eggs; hostplants; immatures; larva; larval polymorphism; pupa

Full Text:



  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2017 Tropical Lepidoptera Research