Papilio polyxenes, Black Swallowtail

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Papilio polyxenes, Black Swallowtail

Freshly emerged female

Description: 46-50 mm. Black with rows of yellow spots on outer margin. There is blue dusting on the hind wing. Females have more blue coloration than males. There is a red spot on the base of the hindwing. In the center of this red spot is a small black spot which does not touch any of the edges 

 

Habitat and Distribution: Widespread and common throughout the United States, Central and South America in various habitats including pines, marshes, swamps, woodlands etc... Only one specimen has been recorded in the Keys from Lignumvitae Key however. 

 

Host Plant: plants in the Apiaceae

 

Natural History: This species does not breed in the Keys and should be concidered a highly unusual stray

 

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Papilio polyxenes, Black Swallowtail larva

Final instar larva

Papilio polyxenes, Black Swallowtail pupa

Chrysalis

Papilio polyxenes, Black Swallowtail

Freshly emerged female