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    • Papilio polyxenes
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    • Mariposa cometa negra
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    • papillon du céleri
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    • Black Swallowtail

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Black Swallowtail Papilio polyxenes

Date

May 28, 2016 08:46 AM CDT

Place

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Description

At least five second-instar caterpillars observed on Common Rue plants. Sunny, light breeze, damp after heavy rains the night before, 73F.

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Black Swallowtail Papilio polyxenes

Observer

maractwin

Date

May 28, 2016 12:09 PM ADT

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Black Swallowtail Papilio polyxenes

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treichard

Date

May 28, 2016 10:25 AM ADT

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Black Swallowtail Papilio polyxenes

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mmcmasters

Date

July 14, 2012

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Black Swallowtail Papilio polyxenes

Observer

nickcurtis

Date

May 27, 2016 01:30 PM EDT

Place

Milton, MA (Google, OSM)

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Black Swallowtail Papilio polyxenes

Date

May 26, 2016 10:02 AM CDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

At least six second-instar larvae observed on the leaves of Common Rue. This is the first time in 2016 that I have observed larvae of this species at this location.

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Black Swallowtail Papilio polyxenes

Date

May 27, 2016 09:13 AM CDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Today, there were two larvae visible on common rue plants; yesterday, there were at least six, so I'm guessing that there are others that I couldn't see at a quick glance. Yesterday was the first time that I had seen this species' larvae at this location in 2016. The larvae appeared to be in the second instar. Intermittent rain, overcast, windy, mid-70sF.

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What

Eastern Black Swallowtail Papilio polyxenes ssp. asterius

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asl5120

Date

May 27, 2016 02:40 PM EDT

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Black Swallowtail Papilio polyxenes

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maractwin

Date

May 26, 2016 01:29 PM EDT

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Black Swallowtail Papilio polyxenes

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maractwin

Date

May 26, 2016 11:29 AM ADT

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Black Swallowtail Papilio polyxenes

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kara8

Date

May 26, 2016 01:11 PM EDT

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Black Swallowtail Papilio polyxenes

Observer

mgochfeld

Date

April 16, 2016
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Description from Wikipedia

The (Eastern) Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes), also called the American Swallowtail or Parsnip Swallowtail, is a butterfly found throughout much of North America. It is the state butterfly of Oklahoma. An extremely similar-appearing species, Papilio joanae, occurs in the Ozark Mountains region, but it appears to be closely related to Papilio machaon, rather than P. polyxenes. The species is named after the figure in Greek mythology, Polyxena (pron.: /pəˈlɪksɨnə/; Greek: Πολυξένη), who was the youngest daughter...

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