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
* 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?)
Male (open wing) - Fred Miller
Male (closed wing - Fred Miller
Female (open Wing) - Fred Miller
Eggs - Fred Miller
Caterpillar - Nature Pals
Chrysalis - Fred Miller