Black Swallowtail Butterfly - Papilio polyxenes

Black Swallowtail Butterfly - Papilio polyxenes

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Black Swallowtail Butterfly - Papilio polyxenes

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Product Name Price Qty
Black Swallowtail Medium Caterpillars -Set of 12 *DOES NOT INCLUDE HOST PLANT*
$54.00
Black Swallowtail Large Caterpillars -Set of 9 *DOES NOT INCLUDE HOST PLANT*
$54.00
Black Swallowtail Butterfly Chrysalis -Set of 6
$54.00
Butterfly Kit Refill - Black Swallowtail Butterfly - 2 Black Swallowtail Butterfly Larva with Host Plant
$38.00
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Italian Parsley (Four inch Pot)
$8.00
Florence Fennel (Four inch Pot)
$8.00

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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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SHADY OAK BUTTERFLY FARM'S GUARANTEE

In order to qualify for our guarantee, we must be contacted the day your order is received. If it is after business hours, we require pictures and a message about the issue emailed to officeteam@buyabutterfly.com and/or leave a message at 877-485-2458.  To allow extra time for customers to provide pictures, we permit an additional 24 hours for pictures of damaged product(s) to be emailed to officeteam@buyabutterfly.com .

If Shady Oak is not contacted about any issues by phone or email the day of package delivery, the guarantee is void. If pictures are not received within 36 hours of package delivery, the guarantee is void.

RELEASE BUTTERFLIES

 All Release Butterflies must be shipped Next Day Air.

• Please plan on being at the delivery location when UPS arrives with your shipment. If your package is left outside on a porch or step, ants or heat may kill the butterflies. Shady Oak is not responsible for any shipments that are not signed for.

 Butterflies must be checked once they arrive. If you determine a problem of any kind, notify Shady Oak immediately by phone or email. Shady Oak must be notified of any death the day of receipt to qualify for guarantee. If no one is available to take your call, please leave a message AND send an email to our office.

If the contents are damaged, please do not destroy box or contents before contacting Shady Oak. We will require a photograph to determine what happened during shipment.

PLANTS

Plants must be checked once they arrive. If you determine a problem of any kind, notify Shady Oak immediately by phone or email. Shady Oak must be notified the day of receipt to qualify for guarantee. If no one is available to take your call, please leave a message AND send an email to our office.

If the contents are damaged, please do not destroy box or contents before contacting Shady Oak. We will require a photograph to determine what happened during shipment.

Plants that spend more than 2 days in transit may drop leaves and wilt. Therefore, Shady Oak cannot guarantee healthy plants for shipping methods that take longer than two days. Suggested shipping methods are as follows: Ground shipping will usually take 1-2 days to the following states: FL, GA, LA, MS, AL, KY, TN, SC, NC, and VA. We recommend choosing Second Day Air or Next Day Air for all other states.

LARVAE, CHRYSALISES, KITS

Please plan on being at the delivery location when UPS arrives with your shipment. If your package is left outside on a porch or step, ants or heat may kill the butterflies. Shady Oak is not responsible for any shipments that are not signed for.

•Items must be checked once they arrive. If you determine a problem of any kind, notify Shady Oak immediately by phone or email. Shady Oak must be notified the day of receipt to qualify for guarantee. If no one is available to take your call, please leave a message AND send an email to our office.

•If the contents are damaged, please do not destroy box or contents before contacting Shady Oak. We will require a photograph to determine what happened during shipment.

For heath reasons, live eggs, larvae, and chrysalises should not be in transit for more than 2 days. Therefore, Shady Oak cannot guarantee shipping methods that take longer than two days. Suggested shipping methods are as follows: Ground shipping will usually take 1-2 days to the following states: FL, GA, LA, MS, AL, KY, TN, SC, NC, and VA. We recommend choosing Second Day Air or 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.