Papilio helenus has black-colored wings, on the upper side of the wing there is a large white spot on the hindwing which is hidden when the butterfly is resting, but stands out when flying. There is an additional dusty white stripe on the forewings, while on the hind wings there is a row of red crescent-shaped markings on the sub-margins of the hindwings. The appearance of the underside of the wings is the same as that of the top.
Larva: Papilio helenus larvae are green with stripes of black, white and gray. Like other Papilio species, Papilio helenus can also secrete an osmeterium, like a two-pronged horn when it feels threatened. The oximeter secretes a foul-smelling liquid that repels predators and parasites.
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