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Red-Spotted Purple ~~ Another Swallowtail look-alike, Red-Spotted Purple butterflies are dark beauties whose open wings have a blue iridescence. Like Mourning Cloaks, the adults have nontraditional tastes, often feeding from rotting fruit, tree sap, and animal droppings. Like many common caterpillars, attract Red-Spotted Purples to your yard with willows.

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Citrus Swallowtail

Citrus Swallowtail (Papilio demodocus - upper side) is a large swallowtail butterfly common to sub-Saharan Africa. It is a pest species, the caterpillar feeding on citrus trees.

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Black swallowtail host plants are dill, parsley, fennel, carrot, ageopodium

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail black version by Darrel Gulin Photography*

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail black version by Darrel Gulin Photography* nature

A large swallowtail butterfly Papilio antenor

Madagascar giant swallowtail, a large swallowtail butterfly, (Pharmacophagus antenor)

Lovely orange blossom with a pretty black and yellow butterfly

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly climbing out of daylilly on black

Pretty tiger swallowtails

Trio of western tiger swallowtail butterflies. yellow and black butterflies on yellow flowers

Butterfly by Rob Luzier

(☼ " We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.