Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1210761

Black Swallowtail
Papilio polyxenes

Observation date: June 20, 2019
Submitted by: zatn02
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: I had a rare form of eastern black swallowtail butterfly emerge from chrysalis in an enclosure in my home this morning. It was found in caterpillar form in my butterfly garden eating fennel. It was brought inside and went in to chrysalis on 6/7/19 and emerged this morning 6/20/19.
Status: Resident
Verified by: stomlins701
Verified date: June 20, 2019
Coordinator notes: This is an uncommon yellow form of polyxenes, asterius fm-pseudoamericus, sometimes seen in west TX, NM, Mexico, or other areas related to, but distinct from, ssp. coloro which is resident further west in AZ, CA, NV. Here is a sighting on bugguide.net from NM that resembles this sighting with some discussion. https://bugguide.net/node/view/462276
Checklist region(s): United States, Oklahoma, Tulsa County