Black Swallowtails have two forms, so they can vary in their appearance, but all have double row of yellowish spots across both sets of wings. The female yellow spots are smaller in size. They are found in grasslands, swamps, meadows, and gardens. The caterpillars are green with black stripes and orange spots. They feed on… Read More WESTERN BLACK SWALLOWTAIL
Here is a comparison of the Acmon Blue and the Melissa Blue butterflies. The Acmon Blue is the most common of the gossamer wing family. They have a row of orange spots along the edge of the hind wing. They are less than an inch in size. These butterflies are found throughout the southwest, although… Read More BLUES
Here is an old photo of a cool Zebra Swallowtail. The wing shape has long tails. They are found in eastern North America- southeast Canada and eastern U.S. Zebra Swallowtails are dramatic flyers, at times called a Kite swallowtail. The caterpillars are green and the host plants are various pawpaws.
Pipevines are Swallowtails found in many southern parts of the United States and into Mexico. The underside of the Pipevine wing is blue with seven large orange spots. The caterpillar feeds mainly on Pipevine leaves, which makes them a poisonous caterpillar and adult. Through the process of evolution, female Tiger Swallowtails and Red Spotted Purple’s… Read More PIPEVINE SWALLOWTAIL