Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail

The Black Swallowtail is also called the Common Eastern or Parsnip. The markings may vary from one to the other with some having larger spots or the spots may be orange instead of yellow.

The Black Swallowtail is found in open fields and woodland meadows from the western plain's states to the east coast of the United States. It likes clover and flower gardens and always flys near the ground.

It lays it's eggs on the foilage of the carrot family, both wild and cultivated. Plants like parsley, parsnip, celery and carrot. The larvae start out as dark brown but become green as it matures. There will be two broods of Black Swallowtails in the north, but there may be three in the southern reaches of it's domain.

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