“Black Swallowtail Butterfly,” James Fiorentino (ORIGINAL)

Black Swallowtail Butterfly, 2014
James Fiorentino (American)

Original Watercolor Painting

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Papilio polyxenes, or known as the (Eastern) Black Swallowtail, American Swallowtail, or Parsnip Swallowtail, is found throughout most of North America and is the state butterfly of Oklahoma. This stunning giclee print depicts the female of the species, whose dorsal wing surface mimics that of the poisonous Blue Swallowtail. The male of the species has brighter yellow markings in addition to the blue and red, but females have evolved dorsal mimicry because they spend more time displaying the dorsal side during oviposition. The ventral wing surface of both sexes mimics that of the Blue Swallowtail. Black Swallowtails lay their eggs on a variety of herbs in the carrot (apiaceae) family, such as parsley, dill, mock bishopweed and Queen Anne’s lace.


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