The members of the Papilionidae family are also known as swallowtail, having a total of about 550 species. Though most of them inhabit the tropical regions, they are found in every continent apart from Antarctica.
|Eastern Black Swallowtail
|Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
|California Pipevine Swallowtail
|Common Green Birdwing
|Common Yellow Swallowtail
|Western Tiger Swallowtail
|Giant Blue Swallowtail
|Great Mormon Butterfly
|Canadian Tiger Swallowtail
|Wallace’s Golden Birdwing
|Old World Swallowtail
|Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing
|Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing
|Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly
The larva has a smooth and stout appearance, the color mostly being yellow and white with black markings.
They are often curved backward, though the colors vary from one species to the other.
Sexual Dimorphism: In many members of the family, the difference between male and female is not visible, though in some sexual dimorphism is prominent.
Color and Appearance: When opened, the wings are mostly black with markings of yellow or even blue. Some even have a yellow body with black markings on the sides. When closed, the yellow and black patterns on the wings are visible, while some species may display patterns of red.
Average Wingspan: 6cm to 14 cm (2.36 inches to 5.5 inches)
Flight pattern: Slow and steady
They are round and green in color.
|Distributed widely through all continents excepting Antarctica
|Around mountainous terrains, humid forests, arid deserts, and lowland meadows
|Lifespans of adults
|6 to 14 days
|Passionflower species, wild black cherry, tulip poplar, sweet bay magnolia, common lilac, Hoptree or water ash, chokeberry, willow, cherry, and ash
Eastern black swallowtail eats garden plants in the carrot family apart from its host plant Queen Anne’s lace
|Nectar of host plants, as well as manure and mud