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Black Swallowtail

Papilio polyxenes

Description:

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.

Habitat:

Open areas and fields. Found throughout North America.

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1 Comment

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Lovely picture!

michelle.eis
Spotted by
michelle.eis

McPherson, Kansas, USA

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

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