July 31, 2020

Life History of the Tailed Jay (Graphium agamemnon agamemnon) As with most Graphium species, the wings are produced at the forewing. Graphium agamemnon, also called Tailed Jay or Green-spotted Triangle Butterfly is a common butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). Graphium agamemnon, commonly called the Tailed Green Jay, is a common and beautiful species seen in most Indian towns and villages close to forest areas.

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Incredible pictures and wonderfully detailed commentary! Thank you, I check your blog regularly and am always happy to find new things! I was wondering whether you guys would like to identify some butterflies for me. The pics were taken at the NYC Vivarium by a friend of mine, grapbium I’ve been able to identify the Atlas Moth, but not many other butterflies beyond that.

I’m an absolute beginner in these matters; Nabokov has opened my eyes to the butterfly world and I am absolutely thrilled about its richness, but it will take a while for me to learn more — I need all the help and guidance I can get ;- Again, thank you! I admire your passion and the beauty of your work! Thanks for visiting, Alina, and your encouraging comments. Send us the link to your photos that you need some help in identifying and we’ll try our best.

Though, if they are not South East Asian butterflies, we may find identifying them challenging as well. Do visit us again! Thank you so much agammenon your quick reply! My friend’s pics are available at: Please feel free to add comments, if you can identify these beautiful creatures: This entire life sequence was too wonderful to adequately appreciate with words. Those time sequenced videos were something I have never seen before. How in the world did you get those? By the way, it’s nice to finally see ONE creation where the female is actually prettier than the male I think!!

This is the most wonderful site and my soul is always refreshed when I come here. We always love your very encouraging comments on the grapjium.

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The life histories articles are the agammemnon of a lot of patience and hard work by my associate, Horace. He’s the one who should be complimented for his saintly patience in recording these photos! Alina, could you or your friend leave me an email address avamemnon that I can write to you on the possible IDs of what you’ve shot on that trip to the NYC vivarium?

Sure, I’d be glad to! My address is alvamanu gmail. I’ve already sent you an email. Let me know if you’ve received it. Have a nice day!

Thank you so much for taking the time to ID my butterflies! You guys are wonderful, I really appreciate your agammemnon. Will be accessing your blog regularly. Your pics are beautiful and your commentaries so interesting I practically want to take everything in. Have you read Nabokov’s Butterflies?


I’d be curious to know what you thought about it, if you have. It’s partially available at http: You are setting a standard for butterfly life cycle uploads Hats off xgamemnon your committment I have a few life cycle uploads in Flickr. Cannot be compared to this high standard ones. Hi Alina, Khew aka Commander is out of town these few days, and he will only be able to respond to you when he returns.

Hi Dr Saji, Rgaphium you for your kind and encouraging words. Your photographs of various subjects of nature, in addition to agzmemnon life cycles, are simply amazing and of very high standard! Thank you for sharing life cycles of some species from India which we do not have the privilege to appreciate and breed in Singapore. Thank you for this site!!! My kids found a Tailed Jay in the hallway of our building today, and how much more wonderful it is to show them life in action, instead of just another photo.

Hi Melissa, What an interesting find your kids made! Great to know that this blog article proves to be informative to you and your children. I recently got 3 caterpillars of tailed jay. They are at 5th instar stage!

And simultaneously I got 3 eggs at my farm house on polyathilia longifolia tree. When I was looking at articles on tailed jay life cycleI got this was grapphium article which drew my attention and helped me a lot to know about agwmemnon life cycle.

After reading your article m soo excited to witness the life cycle of larvae. I’ll surely get back to you with my documentary!

Thanks for the kind words, Askshay. I can definitely sense your joy in breeding your Tailed Jay caterpillars. Looking forward to reading about your documentation. This is just wonderful! I had a tailed jay on my michelia Champaca some months back. I know nothing of butterflies, and was just thrilled to find one with its pupal case.

Today I had some time and tried to identify the butterfly, and stumbled on your blog. You have documented this so well I am glad that this blog article is useful to you in some way. You are so lucky to have a Tailed Jay visiting the plant in your garden.

Graphium agamemnon – Tailed Jay – Butterflies of India

Hello, A wonderful article yet again! We had found a Tailed Jay caterpillar in its fifth instar, about to be a pupa, and could identify it because of your blog. After this caterpillar hatched into a graohium butterfly couldn’t identify whether it was a male or a female, is there any way to identify?

But ayamemnon season had now changed and the butterfly that hatched out of its pupa was visibly smaller than the previous one! Could it be because of the sexual dimorphism? Food scarcity could not be an issue, as the caterpillar was kept in a safe place and was fed fresh leaves everyday!


The difference between the male and female adults is mentioned in this blog article under physical description. Some individual might just be smaller simply because it is coded in their genes. There could be a number of reasons why the caterpillar stops moving. If it is in the final instar and has consumed enough leaves, then it is likely to enter the pre-pupal phase.

Otherwise, the caterpillar might be parasited or diseased. I just found a agamemmnon that fell from a tree, he looks weak so I keep him, but he can not afford to climb up, so it seems he started to be a cocoon in the leaves I put on the bottom of the jar, because there is a thread, what should I do?

Should I hang the leaves upright?

Graphium agamemnon

Caterpillar of Tailed Jay? If it is, then hang the leaf upright as you mentioned and hope that it succeeds in securing itself for the pupation event to conclude in due course.

A Tribute to Nature’s Flying Jewels. Graphium ScopoliSpecies: Annona muricata Annonaceae, common name: SoursopMichelia alba Magnoliaceae, common name: White ChampacaAnnona cherimola AnnonaceaePolyathia longifolia var.

Ashoka Treeand two plants to be identified found in Central Catchment Reserve. Physical Description of Adult Butterfly: As with most Graphium species, the agamemnin are produced at the forewing apex and hindwing tornus and the inner margin of the hindwing bends inwards.

Above, the Tailed Jay has apple-green spots of various sizes on a black background. Underneath, the same green spotting can be found against a purple-brown background, and additional red spots are featured on the hindwing. Each hindwing has a short tail at vein 4, longer in the female than in the male. The upperside view of a Tailed Jay perching on a flower. A female Tailed Jay visiting flowers at the fringe of zgamemnon nature reserve.

A male Tailed Jay puddling on a wet ground in the nature reserve. A male Tailed Jay perching on a branch in the cool morning air. Field Observations of Butterfly Behaviour: The swift-flying adults are not uncommon, and can be observed afamemnon in both nature reserves and urban parks. The adults are often sighted visiting flowers such as ixora or lantana blossom. The males of this species can be found feeding on roadside seepages or urine-tainted sand. The early stages of the Tailed Jay feed on young leaves of several plants in the Annonaceae family.

One recently recorded local plant is Polyathia longifolia var. There are also two other yet-to-be-identified host plants in the nature reserves.