Black Swallowtail

The Black Swallowtail Papilio polyxenes  #4159 is a black butterfly with spotting around the edge of the wing.  The male has 2 rows of yellow spots around the topside of the wings.  The female has smaller spots and a few blue spots on the topside of  the hindwings.  The underwing has a pattern of orange, blue and yellow spotting. on a black wing. The Black Swallowtail favors plants in the carrot family like parsley for its host plant and visits a variety of plants for nectar.   

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