Zarikian N.H. 2020. First record of Papilio demoleus Linnaeus, 1758 (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae) from Aleppo, West Syrian Levant // Euroasian Entomological Journal. Vol.19. No.5: 259–261 [in English].

Scientific Center of Zoology and Hydroecology, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, P. Sevak Str. 7, Yerevan 0014 Armenia. E-mail:

doi: 10.15298/euroasentj.19.5.05

ABSTRACT. The Lime Swallowtail Papilio demoleus Linnaeus, 1758 (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae) is an ecological indicator in Syria and the most studied butterfly species since it is widespread and dangerous to agriculture. Since its first appearance in Palmyra in 2003–2006, this is curiously the first time it has been recorded in Aleppo; its appearance is probably associated with abandoned agricultural areas due to the war or with climate change.

KEY WORDS: Aleppo, climate change, Lepidoptera, Papilio demoleus, Syria.

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