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One afternoon, I went outside, to check on my backyard garden. I saw one black swallowtail pupa, on one of its host plants. ( Parsley ). This pupa was one fourth of an inch wide, and one and one eighth of an inch long. The colors of this pupa, was different shades of brown, and some black. This pupa, looked like a piece of wood. It had two horns, on one end of this pupa. Order: Lepidoptera Family: Papilionidae Genus: Papilio Species: P. polyxenes The eastern black swallowtail, is one of our most common and most studied swallowtails. It has been known by a variety of other names, including: black swallowtail, American swallowtail, parsnip swallowtail, parsley swallowtail, celery worm, and caraway worm. The adult wing spread range is : 6.9 to 8.4 cm. Eggs: the eggs are pale yellow, and are laid on the host plants. Pupae: larvae pupate in the typical swallowtail "head-up" position, attached at the posterior end, to a silk pad with cremaster, and supported by a silk girdle. Size: ( adult, length ) 67 mm to 89 mm ( 2.64 in to 3.50 in ). Identifying colors: black, yellow, orange, blue, white, and red. The black swallowtail, flies very fast. It's flight, is much quicker, than other swallowtails.
Habitats of the black swallowtail, are generally open areas, including both uplands and wet areas-wet prairies, fields, flat-woods, pine savannas, roadsides, weedy areas, and gardens. They can be found in gardens, meadows, forests, and other habitats. This species, is found in fields, suburban areas, roadsides and meadows. It is found throughout much of North America. The black swallowtail, likes open habitats. It is found in fields, meadows, deserts, marshes, near lakes and streams, farms, lawns, near cities, near roads, and gardens.
One afternoon, I went outside, to check my backyard garden. I saw a black swallowtail pupa, on one of its host plants. ( Parsley ). This pupa, was one fourth of an inch wide, and one and one eighth of an inch long. The colors of this pupa, was different shades of brown, and some black. This pupa, looked like a piece of wood. It had two horns, on one end of this pupa.
Spotted on Jul 11, 2016
Submitted on Jul 23, 2016