Checkered Swallowtail

Checkered Swallowtail Butterfly – Papilio demoleus

Family Papilionidae includes about 560 species worldwide; 33 of these live in North America [1]. Papilionidae is further subdivided into two subfamilies, Papilioninae and Parnassiinae. Most swallowtails are large, brightly colored or black butterflies with one or more tails on the hindwings.

Adult swallowtails frequent woodland edges and glades, weedy fields and gardens, just about anywhere there can be found open spaces and flowers. Larval host plants include those in the family Rutaceae.

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