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[Explore Ginza - Ginza Biodiversity Museum] Meet the Elegant Asian Swallowtail in the City Oasis

Updated: Apr 23, 2023

Discover the charm and features of the Asian Swallowtail

The Asian Swallowtail (scientific name: Papilio xuthus) is a species of butterfly that captivates many with its stunning appearance. Its distinctive black and greenish-brown wings with yellow bands and tail-like protrusions have earned it the name "Swallowtail." This beautiful butterfly can also be found in urban areas, including the vicinity of Ginza.

Where to spot Asian Swallowtails in Ginza

You can observe Asian Swallowtails in various places around Ginza, such as parks, green spaces, and rooftop gardens. As they are particularly fond of plants in the citrus family, visiting areas with these plants can increase your chances of encountering them.

The life cycle and best viewing season of Asian Swallowtails

Asian Swallowtails have two to three generations per year, with adults flying from spring to autumn. The best times to see them are in early spring from April to May and in summer from July to August. Adult butterflies feed on nectar from flowers and lay their eggs on plant leaves. The larvae grow into pupae, which eventually develop into the beautiful Asian Swallowtail butterflies.

Enjoy observing Asian Swallowtails with the Wow 3D Museum's AR

If you can't find an Asian Swallowtail in Ginza, you can still observe them using the Wow 3D Museum's AR feature. The realistic 3D models appear on your smartphone, giving you the sensation of seeing an actual Asian Swallowtail up close. Be sure to enjoy the Asian Swallowtail experience in Ginza while learning about biodiversity with the Wow 3D Museum.


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