The Pipe-vine Swallowtail
Papilio philenor Linnaeus
- P. philenor has a black body with black upper wings. The lower wings are a glossy blue-green, accented with white spots laterally (Klots, 1979, 179).
- The Pipe-vine Swallowtail is, on average, 3.5-4.0 inches in width (Klots, 1979, 180), and 3.0-3.5 inches in height.
- The caterpillar feeds upon the leaves of the Dutchman’s pipe and Pipe-vine. Two plant species which are found in the forest lands of the Appalachian mountain region (Klots, 1979, 180).
- Geographic Range:
- The Pipe-vine Swallowtail is abundant during the summer months in the middle Atlantic states, very common in southern Ohio, and ranges from Massachusetts to Arizona, into southern California and southwest into Mexico (Klots, 1979, 179).
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