Tailed Jay butterfly

Built for speed. Most Graphiums use sheer speed to outfly bird predators. They have extremely powerful wing muscles and short wings that beat more like a hummingbird than a butterfly. They are greedy feeders to sustain this flight behaviour and can go through a spray of Buddleja in a matter of seconds.

Name: Tailed Jay

Latin: Graphium agamemmnon

Family: Papilionidae

Origin: The Philippines

Food plant: Laurel Family

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