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Black Swallowtail Butterfly - Papilio polyxenes

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Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Black Swallowtail Butterflies are found throughout most of the United States. Primarily black, both males and females have 2 bands of yellow spots on their wings. The female Black Swallowtail’s yellow bands are not as prominent, and they have an iridescent blue band between the two yellow bands on their hindwings. Male adult Black Swallowtail butterflies are territorial, and chase away any other males that enter its territory.

Black Swallowtail eggs are round and yellow, turning darker as they near hatching. Larvae are commonly found in kitchen gardens on plants in the Parsley/Carrot family. Young larvae are black and white, resembling bird droppings. Older larvae have white, green and black stripes with yellow spots. When disturbed, the larvae will emit a foul odor from its osmeterium, a scent gland on its head. Chrysalises are attached by both a silk pad and a silk girdle. They range in color from brown to green. (pic) Wings are visible through the cuticle right before emergence.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly - Papilio polyxenes


Eastern Black Swallowtail

 Papilio polyxenes

 Adult Wing Span: 3 1/4 - 4 1/4 inches

Range: Eastern North America, Southwest United States, Central America, and northern parts of South America

Host Plants: Plants in the carrot family (Parsley, Dill, Fennel, Carrot, Queen-Anne’s Lace), Water Hemlock, and Rue

Witness the miracle of metamorphosis! Caterpillars will need a food source when they arrive. You may purchase your host plant from Shady Oak Butterfly Farm or from a local plant nursery. Black Swallowtail Butterflies eat Parsley, Fennel, Queen Anne's Lace, Celery and Dill. Here at Shady Oak we sell Parsley, Dill, and Fennel. Two 4" potted plants will typically feed 1-2 larvae. Be certain the plant has not been sprayed with insecticides, including the organic pesticide, BT. Caterpillars usually take from one to three weeks to reach pupation size.

** Butterflies can eat a great deal during the larval stage. Please be certain you have the correct amount of host plants if you are ordering larvae.**

 Black Swallowtail Butterfly Range Map