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Pipevine Swallowtail

Battus philenor


Conservation Status

  • Pipevine Swallowtail are most often found in forests, but can also be seen in open spaces or even backyard gardens. Anywhere where pipevine can thrive. 
  • Pipevine, Virginia Snakeroot and Wooly Dutchman’s Pipe are three native host plants that can attract and support the species. 
  • Native varieties of phlox and ironweed are favorite sources of nectar. 
  • The pipevine swallowtail is foul-tasting and many other harmless butterflies mimic its appearance to deter predators. This is referred to as Batesian mimicry.