Black Swallowtail Butterfly - Papilio polyxenes

Black Swallowtail Butterfly - Papilio polyxenes

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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.

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

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Here at Shady Oak Butterfly Farm, we delight in sharing the love of butterflies and their host/nectar plants with our customers. We hope your experience is enjoyable and rewarding, fueling a life-long passion for butterflies. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email us and we will be happy to be of assistance. Please read through all emailed instructions before your package arrives to be prepared for your adventure ahead. Below you will find important information regarding our guarantee and the arrival of your package.

Please plan on being at the delivery location when UPS arrives with your shipment. If your package is left outside, predators or cold/heat may kill the butterflies/plants. Shady Oak Butterfly Farm is not responsible for shipments unless they are opened at time of delivery. Your live butterflies/plants are fragile and need to be tended to as soon as they arrive.

Our guarantee covers arrive alive, as we have no control over environmental factors after customers receive their shipments. We are unable to verify when the package was opened, what they were exposed to, or how the butterflies were cared for after delivery. When dealing with live insects, conditions that are out of our control such as pesticides, sunlight, humidity, and food sources can affect the health of butterflies and plants after they arrive.

In order to qualify for our guarantee, we must be contacted at time of delivery. If it is after business hours or there is no answer when you call, send an email to  and leave a message at 1-877-485-2458.

We require pictures of all damaged products. Be certain the images are clear, and include all items of concern. For example, if you ordered 12 larvae and 9 have arrived dead, we must have a picture that includes all 9 deceased larvae. Note: If Shady Oak is not contacted about issues by phone and email at time of package delivery, the guarantee is void. If pictures are not received within 24 hours of package delivery, the guarantee is void.

If the shipping container was damaged in transit and resulted in damage to product(s), please do not destroy box or contents. UPS requires an inspection of the original packaging for refunds. We will require a photograph to determine what happened during shipment.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at



Release Butterflies must be shipped Next Day Air.

Butterfly larvae/chrysalises and plants should be in transit no more than 2 days. Suggested shipping methods are as follows: UPS Ground Shipping will usually take 1-2 days and is acceptable to the following states: FL, GA, LA, MS, AL, KY, TN, SC, NC, and VA. We recommend choosing UPS Second Day Air or UPS Next Day Air for all other states.

Although Shady Oak’s guarantee is void after the day of receipt, we wish to be of help if you run into any problems during your butterfly experience. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We will gladly help troubleshoot to determine the cause of any issues. Photographs and descriptions of your rearing environment and caterpillars will be very useful in these situations.