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Insects/Bugs/Bees/Butterflies - Black Swallowtail
Class:Insecta Order:Lepidoptera Family:Papilionidae Genus:Papilio


Black Swallowtail, Papilio polyxenes, also known as American Swallowtail or Parsnip Swallowtail. This butterfly is the state butterfly for Oklahoma and is found throughout the United States. The Black Swallowtail has a twin, the Ozark Swallowtail, Papilio joanae, but the joanae is only found in the Ozarks region. Indistinguishable by the eye, these two beatiful butterfly species are genetically different enough to be separate species. These butterflies always look great on the pink Phlox. They are mostly black with a row of yellow spots along the edges of their wings. There is a blue band on the hind wing with two orange/red eyes in the center. On hot summer days they will go rest in the shade and then return to their work after cooling down. They seem to show up less frequently in late August. Check out the Parsley Worm section to see the caterpillar.

All species pages are currently being updated with more useful descriptions and information.

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