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Orchard Swallowtail

The Orchid Swallowtail is a very large butterfly and are becoming more common around Perth since 2015.

Butterflies Bushland Heathland Non-native Species Urban Pollinators

Noongar Names: Bindi Bindi, Barn Barn (Butterfly)

Scientific Name: Papilio aegeus

Conservation Status: Introduced

Threats: Not applicable

Will they visit?: Orchard Swallowtails frequently visit home gardens

Natural Distribution: Widespread, but uncommon, throughout the South West and Perth region

Habitat at a Glance

See Habitat Guide for more detail

Shelter: Shelter on grasses, shrubs, and trees

Diet: Adults feed on nectar, caterpillars feed on foliage

Water: Not required

ReWild Benefit: Potential Pollinator

ReWild Benefits

Orchard Swallowtails are native to eastern Australia and maybe unfamiliar to Perth residents. They were first recorded in Albany and Busselton in the early 2010’s and have made their way north to Perth. Their pollination potential around Perth is not determined. If you see them around your garden, you can record your sighting on Atlas of Living Australia!

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