Pipevine Swallowtail

Wingspan: 4 inches

Overview: Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) is in the Papilionidae family. They are strong fliers, with tail-like apendages on the rear of the wings. General Habitat: Open deciduous woods and nearby fields.

Caterpillar & Host Plants

Larvae feed only on Dutchman’s Pipevine & Virginia Snakeroot.  They accumulate toxins (alkaloids) called aristolochic acids which makes mature caterpillars and adults unpalatable to predators.