THE PIPEVINE SWALLOWTAIL
Photo courtesy of John Campbell
The Pipevine swallowtail
(3.0-4.5") ranges from southern New England westward to
the pacific Coast and southward into Mexico. It is absent in
I can still remember a warm sunny day in July in New Jersey
when my cousin and I were out bicycling. We spotted a philenor, a
real rarity in that part of the country, and had quite a debate about who was going to race home
to get a butterfly net and who was going to track the butterfly.
My cousin wanted the catch and insisted he'd get the net.
I tracked the butterfly carefully as it was flying slowly in search
of Dutchman's pipevine, the larval host plant. A few minutes later I was joined by my cousin in
an alley way between two houses. The female philenor had found some Dutchman's pipe
growing up a tressle on one wall between the two houses.
I don't remember getting any eggs from the specimen. I think it went into my cousin's collection!
Larval photo courtesy of Mark Deering. Larvae
emerge from orange eggs laid in clusters on
snakeroot or ginger.
Butterfly image courtesy of W. T. Hark.
Milbert's tortoise shell
Canadian Tiger swallowtail
American painted lady
Google is one of my favourite Search Engines and seems to offer the most
extensive listing of butterfly sites. Use your back arrow to return to this site after using the
Google search box to the left.
To use Google most effectively, type in either the complete Latin name for the butterfly or
the complete common name followed by the word butterfly. If I wanted additional information
about the red admiral, I would type in "Vanessa atalanta" or "red admiral butterfly" and then
click on the Google Go button to the left.
Here are some additonal northeastern North American butterflies of interest.
To my knowledge, these species do not fly on Prince Edward Island, but I have reared
most of them as a boy growing up in rural New Jersey.
Eastern Tiger swallowtail
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