Wild Florida Photo - Papilio polyxenes

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Papilio polyxenes

  var.  asterius



Florida native


Black swallowtails can be found in the vicinity of wet prairies, roadside ditches, disturbed sites and urban areas throughout Florida. The range extends from central and eastern Canada, through most of the eastern and central United States, into the southwestern states, through Mexico, Central America and into the northern regions of South America.
Papilio polyxenes asterius is a fairly large black butterfly with tails and predominately yellow markings on the wings. This is one of Florida's smaller swallowtails, having a wingspan of from 6.9 to 8.4cm (2-3/4 to 3-1/3in.). On the upperside of the hindwing females have a blue band between the yellow bands while males may only have a hint of this blue . On the underside of the hindwings both sexes have varying degrees of blue in this area and orange mixed into the yellow bands. The body is black with yellow spots.
Host plants include many herbs in the Apiaceae (carrot) family.

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Papilio polyxenes is a member of the Papilionidae - Swallowtails family.

Other species of the Papilio genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Papilio palamedes - PALAMEDES SWALLOWTAIL
  View  Papilio glaucus var. australis - FLORIDA TIGER SWALLOWTAIL
  View  Papilio cresphontes - GIANT SWALLOWTAIL
  View  Papilio glaucus - EASTERN TIGER SWALLOWTAIL
  View  Papilio troilus - SPICEBUSH SWALLOWTAIL

Butterflies through Binoculars

   Jeffrey Glassberg; Marc C. Minno; John V. Calhoun
 A field, finding and gardening guide to the butterflies of Florida

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For more information on this species, visit the following link:
University of Florida, Dept. of Entomology Featured Creatures page for this species

Date record last modified:
Jun 09, 2017

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