The Black Swallowtail
Papilio polyxenes asterius Stoll
- P. polyxenes has a black body with yellow spots along each side. The wings are black, dorsal side, with two bands of yellow markings running down laterally. On the lower wings, the female has a distinctive blue band of coloration between the two yellow bands, with a red spot near the tails, whereas the male has less blue with more distinctive red spots. On the ventral side, there are brilliant orange-red and blue markings located laterally, on the lower wings, and two rows of yellow markings located laterally on the upper wings (Klots, 172, 1979).
- The Black Swallowtail is 2.75-3.5 inches in width (Klots, 172, 1979), and 3-3.5 inches in height.
- The caterpillar feeds on wild or cultivated carrots, parsley, celery, and dill (Klots, 173, 1979).
- Geographic Range:
- The Black Swallowtail is found all throughout North America, and north into southern Canada (Klots, 172, 1979).
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