Pipevine Swallowtail Battus philenor

A wonderful butterfly. This is the male with a double circlet of half moons on the upper hindwing. The female has a rich glowing blue on the uppersides. Pipes almost always flutter when they nectar. And at a higher frequency than the similar Spicebush Swallowtail. Can be separated from that species by the nice loop of orange spots on the exterior hindwing. The Spicey has a jagged orange line of spots. Less common puddlers than the Spicebush. Only other butterfly in the east that is easily confused is the black form of the Eastern Tiger. It is much larger. And does not often flutter at the nectar flowers. It has the tiger stripes visible in strong light.

Note the sneaky bee hiding beneath the abdomen of this Pipe. Looks like a Leafcutter. Hard to say. Bees and Wasps like to mud too.

The sustained flapping at high speed while Pipevines nectar often is a clue to the species at distant range. The late summer thistle blooms will bring virtually any butterfly but the Swallowtails are true suckers for these. This shows the rich interior blue of the female mimicked by several other species.

And really, as always, don't stare too hard. The female pattern that all the other black and blue butterflies are trying for. As the Pipevine is a very bad dining experience associated with retching. I have not tried it. The only one that succeeds at having a true metallic reflectance. With accent dots.

Another female in Pope county. Velvety black forewings and stunning blue reflectant hindwings. Nice design. High art.

A dangerous looking cat on Pipevine. Likely the only cat you could find eating Pipevine.

The egg. And I believe this is on a Pipevine palnt.