Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

The Battus philenor is commonly known as the Pipevine Swallowtail and is also called a Blue Swallowtail. It is found throughout North and Central America. The upper surface of the male’s hind wings is iridescent blue or blue-green. The underside of its wing has seven sub-marginal spots surrounded by iridescent blue. This swallowtail may often be found in fields, meadows, gardens, open woods, roadsides and stream sides. The Pipevine is mimicked by several other swallowtail species, including the Spicebush Swallowtail, the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, as well as the Black and the Ozark Swallowtails.