Ulysses butterfly is one of the many species of butterflies found the world over. It is one of the biggest butterfly species in Australia. It has been adopted as the symbol of Tropical Queensland. It can detect a blue color that is 30 meters. The most interesting part of these butterflies is their ability to smell and taste. Did you know that a Ulysses butterfly uses its feet for tasting? Surprised? Well you would be more surprised to learn that the butterfly uses its antennas for smelling! It has thousands of lenses on each eye. Instead of lungs, this butterfly has pores on its body that facilitates breathing and respiration. Its blood is not red but green in color!
Ulysses butterfly, or Papilio ulysses, is found all over northeastern Australia and Indonesia. It draws nectar from several plants. It also feeds on over ripened fruits that are almost going to decay. It makes use of proboscis, a long straw like organ that protrudes out of its mouth, for sucking nectar. Pollens and animal dung moisture also forms a part of the butterfly’s menu.
It loves to draw nectar from the pink flowered dough wood or Melicope elleryana. It also lays its eggs on these plants. The larva will feed on the leaves and much until it becomes a pupa, making dough wood the host plant for Ulysses. It also draws nectar from Silver ash, glasswood, kerosene wood and citrus plants. All plant species from verbena family also provide nectar to the butterfly.
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