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Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly

by Trevor E Holewinski

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly

( Battus philenor)

The Pipevine Swallowtail is a big black and also purple butterfly discovered throughout much of the United States, however particularly the southern Appalachian Mountains.

The prominent use of the Pipevine Plant in yards has caused the spread of this butterfly into components on Ontario, as well as around several of the Great Lakes area.

As the name implies, it is a host plant for this gorgeous butterfly.

This butterfly can be found on the wing nearly throughout the year in the warmer, as well as from spring to fall in the cooler locations of the.

This butterfly’s relation with five various other butterflies —— the likewise formed Tiger, and also Spicebush swallowtails, and also the Red-spotted Purple and also women, is an excellent instance of « laquo

mimicry. raquo All of the above butterflies stay clear of predation by replicating the shade, flight and behavior of the Pipevine swallowtail, which absorbs poisonous chemicals from its host plant.

This makes the butterfly distasteful to birds and also other killers.

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly image 1


This swallowtail is distinct because it is mainly black above with a bluish iridescence on the hind wings. It likewise has a row of orange spots along the margin of the forward hind wing.

The size from wing suggestion to wing idea is 2 and also 2/4 inches to 4 and 1/2 inches.


This butterfly is typically discovered in open forests where its host plant grows normally as well as and in yards where it is cultivated. The host plant additionally prospers in fields, parks as well as roadsides, so keep your eyes open.


The wings of this swallowtail flutter rapidly while the butterfly eats nectar.

Make sure to have lots in your gardens.

Males of this types will certainly patrol trying to find females throughout the cozy hours of the day.

Larval and also host plants:

Larvae prey on numerous species of pipe vine (Aristolochia). The larvae are black or brown with red tubercles (tiny bumpy forecasts) along each side of their back.

Nectar plants:

Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii), lavender (Syringa), azalea (Rhododendron), petunia (Petunia) as well as a host of others.

plenty of nectar as well as the host plants in your yards to attract this remarkable butterfly.

Offer water and also protection also.

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