Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail Butterfly – (Papilio polyxenus)

The Black Swallowtail butterfly, state butterfly of Oklahoma is very common in North America and can be seen in fields, parks, marshes or deserts. I saw this one flying around a buttonbush plant at the Bird Rookery Swamp Trail along with a few other species of butterflies like the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. Sometime in history, according to Greek Mythology, it was named after the youngest daughter of the King of Troy, Prium. The Black Swallowtail prefers tropical or temperate climates. Female Black Swallowtails sometimes mimic the color of the Pipe Vine Swallowtails to reduce its chance of being eaten by predators

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