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Battus philenor (pipevine swallowtail)

Wikipedia Abstract

Battus philenor, the pipevine swallowtail or blue swallowtail, is a swallowtail butterfly found in North America and Central America. The butterflies are black with iridescent-blue hindwings. They are found in many different habitats, but are most commonly found in forests. The black or red caterpillars feed on Aristolochia species, making them poisonous as both larvae and adults, while the adults feed on the nectar of a variety of flowers.
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Wing Span [1]  2.756 inches (.07 m)

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve 90 Michigan, United States
Carlsbad Caverns National Park II 15448 New Mexico, United States


Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap



Mimiced by 
Papilio glaucus (Eastern tiger swallowtail)[4]
Papilio polyxenes (Eastern black swallowtail)[4]
Pollinator of 
Asclepias syriaca (broadleaf milkweed)[4]
Cirsium vulgare (Spear Thistle)[4]
Lonicera japonica (Chinese honeysuckle)[4]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo


Belize; Canada; Mexico; United States.;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Butterflies of Canada, Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility
2HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
4Study of Northern Virginia Ecology
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