Brady's Bluff Prairie State Natural Area, SNA #9, Trempealeau Co., WI
Eastern Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes), female; photos = Swallowtail,E-Black_MAC_©DaveSpier_D031258iN & Clover,Red_MAC_©DaveSpier_D031258iN
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San Diego County, California, US
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 a figure in Greek mythology, Polyxena (pron.: /pəˈlɪksɨnə/; Greek: Πολυξένη) who was the youngest daughter...