pipevine swallowtail

(Battus philenor)

Conservation Status
pipevine swallowtail
Photo by Beth Siverhus
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

On the underside of the hindwing there is a row of seven submarginal orange spots on an irridescent blue background.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

2¾ to 5

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
  Eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) black form female also has a submarginal row of spots but they lack the irridescent blue background.  
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Open woodland, woodland edges.

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

Two broods: late May to June, and July through August.

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Larva Hosts

 
 

Pipevines (Aristolochia spp.)

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

Flower nectar, including thistle, beebalm, lilac, phlox, dame’s rocket, vervain, and lupine.

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

21, 24, 29, 71.

 
  7/2/2019      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Rare stray in Minnesota

Pipevine swallowtail is locally common in the south but rare to uncommon in much of the east. It is a rare stray to Minnesota. The caterpillars feed only on plants in the genus Aristolochia (pipevines). There are 23 species of pipevine in North America north of Mexico. Virginia snakeroot (Aristolochia serpentaria) is found in Iowa and woolly Dutchman’s pipe (Aristolochia tomentosa) is found in Wisconsin. No other Aristolochia species is found in Minnesota or a bordering state.

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)  
 

Suborder

Glossata  
 

Infraorder

Neolepidoptera  
  Parvorder Heteroneura  
  No Rank Ditrysia  
  No Rank Obtectomera  
 

Superfamily

Papilionoidea (butterflies [excluding skippers])  
 

Family

Papilionidae (swallowtails)  
 

Subfamily

Papilioninae (swallowtails)  
 

Tribe

Troidini  
  Subtribe Battina  
 

Genus

Battus  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

California pipevine swallowtail (Battus philenor hirsuta)

pipevine swallowtail (Battus philenor acauda)

pipevine swallowtail (Battus philenor philenor)

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

pipevine swallowtail

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Pipevine swallowtail in Warroad, MN

On 7/26/15 I had a pipevine swallowtail in the yard feeding on the delphiniums. I submitted the photo and a record was documented for the state of MN.

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These photos were taken in the butterfly garden at the Apple Valley Zoo.

 
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Battus philenor (Pipevine Swallowtail)
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Pipevine Swallowtail
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  Pipevine swallowtail (Battus philenor) male
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  Beth Siverhus
7/26/2015

Location: Warroad, MN

On 7/26/15 I had a pipevine swallowtail in the yard feeding on the delphiniums. I submitted the photo and a record was documented  for the state of MN

The swallowtails are gorgeous butterflies. It is such a treat to have them visit on occasion!

pipevine swallowtail  
  Beth Siverhus
7/26/2015

Location: Warroad, MN

On 7/26/15 I had a pipevine swallowtail in the yard feeding on the delphiniums. I submitted the photo and a record was documented  for the state of MN

The swallowtails are gorgeous butterflies. It is such a treat to have them visit on occasion!

 
  Kathie Myers
7/24/2015

Location: Champlin, MN

I’ve never seen this butterfly in my gardens before, but he was HUGE with a wing span close to 4”. I’ve been trying to get pics of him for my album, but I haven’t been able to get close enough with the camera. He is hovering around my lime smokebush, fragrant lilies, blue veronica and tiger lilies. If I am lucky enough to get a pic, I will post it…

So far this year, I have documented Red Admiral, Monarch, Yellow Swallowtail and now the pipevine swallowtail, with frequent visits from a widow dragonfly. So exciting to welcome this visitor into my gardens.

 
  KJ Godfrey
8/1/2014

Location: Sauk Rapids, Benton County

   
           
 
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