Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

Widespread but more common in the mountains in NC, this species is often hard to come by in the coastal plain. Pipevine Swallowtails fly from spring into fall and often hover at flowers while nectaring.
Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) Distinguished from other dark swallowtails by:
-- mostly dark forewing
-- single row of orange spots on underhindwing
-- lack of orange spot on dorsal hindwing

Graham Co., NC
1 May 2004

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Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)
Caldwell Co., NC
23 Aug 2016
Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)
Watauga Co., NC
23 Aug 2016

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Pipevines can look bluish or greenish above, depending upon wear and light conditions.


Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

Mated Pair, photographed with natural light (same picture with flash is at the bottom of the page)

Buncombe Co., NC
8 July 2006


Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) Like many butterflies, Pipevine Swallowtails often "puddle", i.e. imbibe nutrients from mud or wet sand.

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) Puddle Party
Buncombe Co., NC
26 June 2004

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) Puddle Party -- note two Harvesters getting in on the action!
Buncombe Co., NC
26 June 2004

Pipevine (Aristolochia macrophylla) is a common hostplant for the Pipevine Swallowtail, and the leaves pictured here were chewed up by Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars!

Buncombe Co., NC
8 July 2006
Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars are very distinctive

Buncombe Co., NC
8 July 2006
Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

Pipevine caterpillars incorporate toxins from the host plant into their own tissues, making them toxic to predators.

Buncombe Co., NC
8 July 2006
Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) Buncombe Co., NC
8 July 2006

same pair as the second photo on this page, but with flash.

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

Several Pipevine Swallowtail chrysalids (pupa) were on the wall of a nearby building.

Watauga Co., NC
22 July 2006
Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) Watauga Co., NC
22 July 2006

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