Treasures of Mt. Takao

Takao 599 museum has all kinds of animals inhabit in Mt. Takao in various ways of exhibitions such as seasonal wild plants preserved in acrylic and all kinds of animals specimens inhibits in Mt. Takao. On the "NATURE WALL," stuffed animals are displayed and shows the movie to introduce the dynamic nature of Mt. Takao.

Papilio helenus (Red Helen)
Papilio helenus (Red Helen) Papilionidae
Main Region: Honshu (South of Miyagi prefecture), Shikoku, Kyushu, Okinawa, Goto Islands, Yaku Island and Tanega Island.
Is the largest butterfly in Japan.
Found in woody and shady areas from flatlands to mountains.
Have large yellow-white pattern on hind wings and Japanese name Monki-ageha literally meaning yellow pattern swallowtail comes from this color and patterns.
Also have red spots at edges of hind wings and female ones are more distinct.
Is active during daytime, fly in woods and feed on nectar of deutzia crenata, clerodendrum trichotomum and red spider lily.
Caterpillars feed on leaves of Japanese Prickly-ash.
Male holds own flyway at streamsides.
Female body is larger than male.

Wingspan  about 110 to 140 mm
Adult Flight Season  May to about September
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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