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Pipevine Swallowtail

Battus philenor

Description:

Iridescent blue/black pattern on upper surface is distinctive when fresh. Can be confused with other members of its mimicry complex--see comments below. The Pipevine flutters its wings incessantly while nectaring--I suspect this is part of its mechanisms for advertising distastefulness. (This is original speculation by the author--PC.) Some others in its complex, notably the Black Swallowtail, seem to do this too. Male has very iridescent upper surfaces of hindwings. Female has less striking iridescence. Underside has a single median row of orange spots which do not touch each other.

Habitat:

In eastern US, old fields, etc. near woodlands with hostplant.

Notes:

This butterfly was flitting around the boat ramp at Hungry Mother State Park in Marion, VA.

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3 Comments

NancyRyderKing
NancyRyderKing 8 years ago

Thanks, Keith. Will make the corrections.

KeithRoragen
KeithRoragen 8 years ago

Pipevine Swallowtail - Battus philenor. Very similar to the Spicebush Swallowtail, but has only one row of orange spots on the underside of the hindwing.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/412

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

These are such lovely butterflies!

NancyRyderKing
Spotted by
NancyRyderKing

Virginia, USA

Spotted on Jun 21, 2012
Submitted on Jun 22, 2012

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