Is this a Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly?

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  1. cherylad

    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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    This beauty was hanging around all day and didn't mind me taking photos.
    From my online search, I think it's a Pipevine. The backside is a stunningly iridescent blue. What do you all think?

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  3. toni

    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Looks like one.... http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/spec ... s-philenor Pipevine Swallowtail.

    Do you have a species of Aristolochia in your yard or around the neighborhood? It's also known as Dutchman's Pipes or Pipevine? That's the host plant for their caterpillars.
     
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    gfreiherr Young Pine

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    Yes Cheryl, that is a beautiful Pipevine. In my garden they like the phlox, salvia and zinnias. Great shots, what is the flower they are on?
     
  5. cherylad

    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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    Toni... I don't have anything that even comes close to Aristolochia / Dutchman's Pipe.
    And I live in a very rural area so there's no telling if anyone around has some growing.
    Gayle... My Phlox is just a small mound of leaves and I have no Zinnias, but I do have a few Salvias surviving. It sure was having a grand old time on my Pride of Barbados though!
    It's beautiful iridescent blue back is what really caught my attention. I can't ever remember seeing one before. So glad it posed for a couple of photos.
     



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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    That is a beautiful butterfly....but your Pride of Barbados is not less so.
    Very nice posting this time, Cheryl.
     
  7. cherylad

    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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    Thanks Sjoerd. While I was relaxing the yard this afternoon, I thought it had returned for another visit. But, was a different swallowtail. I'm so happy they like visiting me!
     
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    Tooty2shoes Hardy Maple

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    Cherylad glad you where able to get those great shots of sure a beauty. I have a lot of Morning Cloaks, and Tiger Swallow tail butterflies visit my garden. But they just do not hold still long enough for me to get a good pic of them. Or it's probably me that doesn't hold still long enough. You know, busy, busy, busy. I need to stop more often and smell the roses. Say what type of plant is that, that it is feeding on. It's beautiful. :stew1:
     
  9. cherylad

    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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    Thanks Tooty... sometimes they pose for the camera... other times they just don't sit still long enough.
    And oh yeah.... the plant is "Pride of Barbados".
     
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    Sherry8 I Love Birds!

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    Beautiful butterfly and I love the plant it is on.
     

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