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Ulysses Butterfly(Papilio ulysses) informations, facts -

Ulysses Butterfly(Papilio ulysses)
Ulysses Butterfly(Papilio ulysses)

Ulysses Butterfly(Papilio ulysses) is a large most distinctive and unique tropical butterfly species. It is found in Australia, Indonesia, Solomon island. Ulysses butterfly is also known as 'Blue mountain butterfly'. Ulysses butterfly is named after the Greek hero from the epic Odyssey.



Ulysses Butterfly's scientific name is Papilio ulysses. Ulysses is also known as 'Blue mountain butterfly', 'Blue mountain swallowtail'. The name Ulysses Butterfly comes from the name of the legend of Greek. 

Common Name: Ulysses Butterfly
Scientific Name: Papilio ulysses
Other Name: Blue mountain butterfly, Blue mountain swallowtail

Scientific Classification 

Ulysses butterfly belongs to the family of Papilionidae, a large-sized unique tropical butterfly. There are 16 known subspecies of the ulysses butterfly. Ulysses butterfly conservation status is Not extinct.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Insect
Order: Lepidoptera
Genus: Swallowtails
Family: ‎Papilionidae
Group: Insect
Number of Species: 1(16 subspecies)
Conservation Status: Not extinct

Living & Habitat

Ulysses butterfly is found in Australia, Indonesia, Solomon island. Ulysses butterfly habitat such as tropical rainforests area.

Living Locations: Australia, Indonesia, Solomon island
Habitat: Tropical rainforest

Physical Classification

Ulysses butterfly is a large-sized unique butterfly. There have different appearances depending on the variety of the subspecies of Ulysses butterfly. Ulysses butterfly typically has a wingspan of about 14 cm. The weight of An adult Ulysses butterfly is 10 g to 12 g.

Color: Blue, Green, Yellowish-green, Black
Skin Type: Shell
Weight: 10 g to 12 g (Approx)
Size: 12 cm to 14 cm (Approx)


Ulysses butterfly is mainly is part of the herbivores diet. The main prey of food is nectar from flowers. They have some natural predators like reptiles, birds, humans.

Diet: Herbivores
Favorite Food: Nectar from flowers
Predators: Reptiles, Birds, Humans


The lifespan of the Ulysses butterfly is very short, rarely exceeding 8 months.  At the age of 2 to 3 months old, both females and males are ready to sexually mature. After the incubation period lasts around 30 days.

Lifespan: Up to 10 Years
Age of Sexual Maturity: 2 to 3 Months
Incubation Period: 30 days


  • The top of the wings of Ulysses butterfly is bright blue, whilst underneath, they are dull brown. They keep their wings closed when they aren’t flying to stay camouflaged.

  • Ulysses butterflies lay eggs on the leaves of Euodia trees; eventually, caterpillars emerge.

  • Males are attracted to the color blue and will fly towards anything blue that they see from 30 meters away.



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