Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Black Swallowtail

Papilio polyxenes

Species ID Suggestions



Sign in to suggest organism ID

13 Comments

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Congrats Kadoka, your spotting is featured in the Project Noah blog! http://blog.projectnoah.org/post/4659184...

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Congrats Kadoka, your spotting was one of those featured in our butterfly quiz! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=...

dotun55
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
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
Telse 8 years ago

Sweet!

KarenL
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
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
YukoChartraw 8 years ago

Stunning!

KarenL
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
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
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

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

Kadoka
Spotted by
Kadoka

North Carolina, USA

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

Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors

Join the Project Noah Team Join Project Noah Team