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  • Pipevine Swallowtail - (Battus philenor)

    Pipevine Swallowtail - (Battus philenor)

    The Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly is a dark beauty with a range that covers most of the U.S. and Mexico.


    Staff Writer (8/1/2016): This butterfly mimics the coloring the Spicebush and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. They have elongated 'tails' at the tips of their hindwings, as do all members of the Swallowtail family.

    Rusty-black caterpillars have clusters of bright red hairs feed along the top and sides of the body. They fee on noxious pipevines like snakeroot and Dutchman's pipe. They build up a body of the unsavory chemical and render their adult form somewhat unpleasant to eat. Birds and other predators usually learn to avoid eating the adults. Other butterflies with similar coloring benefit from the Pipevine Swallowtail's bitter-tasting reputation.

    Adults can be found in a variety of habitats including gardens, forests, canyons and meadows. two to 4 generations can be produced a year in warm climates. Males can be seen congregating at 'puddle parties' where they take in water and minerals. They are less inclined to continually flutter their wings when they are at puddles and pond edges, allowing for a better look at them.

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    Pipevine Swallowtail


    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Pipevine Swallowtail
    Scientific Name: Battus philenor

    Taxonomy:
      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Papilionidae
           Genus: Battus
            Species: philenor





    Size (Adult, Length): 70mm to 86mm (2.76in to 3.39in)

    Identifying Colors: black; blue; white; orange; yellow; red

    Additional Descriptors: flying, spotted, bumpy, centipede


    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Mexico


    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.





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