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Black Swallowtail

Papilio polyxenes

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KarenL 8 years ago

Congrats Kadoka, your spotting is featured in the Project Noah blog!

KarenL 8 years ago

Congrats Kadoka, your spotting was one of those featured in our butterfly quiz!

dotun55 8 years ago

Awesome spot. Splendid colours.
Swallowtails are my most admired butterflies ever even if they don't seen to give a care about me :)

Kadoka 8 years ago

Wow, I guess something finds them tastey, that's a lot to go missing in one day!

It's wild to consider what a low success rate such species have in the wild... from egg to reproducing adult.

Telse 8 years ago


KarenL 8 years ago

I found over 30 on one of my fennel plants last year of various instars but the following day they had all disappeared. After that I started bringing a few indoors to raise.

Kadoka 8 years ago

I wasn't sure if birds ate these larvae. I found mine on wild fennel... I'd love to raise a lot of these in a little fennel garden... give 'em a safe environment to mature in and watch their population flourish in the area.

YukoChartraw 8 years ago


KarenL 8 years ago

Lovely! I raised a few of these myself last year by collecting their late instars from my fennel before the birds ate them all. It's a great feeling releasing them isn't it?

Kadoka 8 years ago

I did raise this one. I raise a lot of saturniidae & pipevine swallowtails but black swallowtails are comparatively scarce around here, so this guy was a special find :)

MrsPbio 8 years ago

Spectacular ! Did you hatch it out? It seems quite content on your finger...

looks amazing

Chris Huynh
Chris Huynh 8 years ago

Looks a bit like the swallowtail I found lol except this is much brighter

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North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Sep 11, 2011
Submitted on Feb 11, 2013

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