frontal view of green-banded swallowtail

Nothing new under the sun! This is one of the 'diode' butterflies. The metallic sheens are reproduced by fluorescent pigments placed over reflective mirror-like structures. The overall effect is to intensify the colour. The latest LEDs - light-emitting diodes used in computer screens use the same idea. See the following here for more details.

Name: Green-banded Swallowtail

Latin: Papilio palinurus

Family: Papilionidae

Origin: S.E. Asia

Food plant: Citrus Family

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