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Black Swallowtail

Papilio polyxenes


The butterflies lay their eggs on dill, Queen Anne's Lace and parsley. In our garden they preferred the dill. The caterpillars would strip the plant until there was only a single stem left. Adults eat nectar from flowers. They like to sun themselves on rocks and love to fly onto grass that's just been watered.


Open areas and fields. Found throughout North America.

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1 Comment

alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Lovely picture!

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McPherson, Kansas, USA

Spotted on May 15, 2002
Submitted on May 15, 2012

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