Female mimics Pipevine Swallowtail
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
(Butterflies (excluding skippers))
Tribe Papilionini (Fluted Swallowtails)
Species polyxenes (Black Swallowtail)
- Adults constantly flutter while feeding.
- Females search out plants of the parsley family on which to lay eggs. Females may be seen flying low over vegetation, ignoring flowers, but testing green leaves with their feet for the presence of molecules given off by parsley family plants. You might then say butterflies "taste" with their feet.