Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly Picture

Male Pipevine SwallowtailEnlarge

Male Pipevine Swallowtail Image
Female Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly Photo

Life Cycle of Butterflies

cluster of red butterfly eggs
black with red dots caterpillar
brown chrysalis (pupa)

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

This tailed beauty has a shiny blue body and white spots on the upper side of the hind wings. The blue underneath the hind wings encircle one row of orange colors. These swift fliers are usually low to the ground and do not stay at one flower for a long period of time. They enjoy open wooded areas and forest edges. The chrysalis resembles dried leaves so they are well camouflaged. They are either brown and tan or yellow and green depending on the location they pupate. They overwinter as pupa and are an amazing creature to welcome into your garden.

Family: Swallowtail (Papilionidae)

Subfamily: Swallowtail (Papilioninae)

Average Wingspan: 2 3/4" - 5"

Habitat: Open wooded areas, forests

Similar To: Red-spotted Purple

Plants That Attract This Butterfly

* May not be available for purchase at your local nursery.

Note: Always check a plant's Hardiness Zone to make sure it will grow in your area. (What Is My Hardiness Zone?)

Where To Buy Plants

Butterfly Flight Range Map

Pipevine Swallowtail Flight Range Map

Photo Credits:
Male (open wing) - Fred Miller
Male (closed wing - Fred Miller
Female (open Wing) - Fred Miller
Eggs - Fred Miller
Caterpillar - Nature Pals
Chrysalis - Fred Miller

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