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Black Swallowtail

Papilio polyxenes


Large Swallowtail with black wings with orange, blue, and yellow tan markings. Males have a two bands of yellow tan markings near edge of wings. Black Swallowtail is one of our common swallowtails and adults nectar on a wide variety of plant species. Larvae feed exclusively on members of the Parsley family.


Meadows, fields, woodland edges, and gardens


Observed feeding on Verbena bonariensis in gardens at Lantern Court, The Holden Arboretum, Lake County, Kirtland, OH

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1 Comment

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 9 years ago

Nice spot!

Brian Parsons
Spotted by
Brian Parsons

Kirtland, Ohio, USA

Spotted on Jul 10, 2012
Submitted on Jul 11, 2012

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