Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1267210

Pipevine Swallowtail
Battus philenor

Observation date: August 02, 2020
Submitted by: JerryGriggs
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: This dark swallowtail had a single band on 7 bright orange spots below. Above, it was plain, with a band of whitish spots near the edge. In the right light, it had a greenish sheen above on the hindwings. It appeared to be a female. It fed on Mexican Zinnias. For a few moments, it settled quietly on a dogwood leaf, only about a foot from a Pipevine my wife planted (its host plant), though it was not clearly laying eggs. We got a poor photo of one here in 2017, the only other time I've seen one in Columbia.
Status: Resident
Verified by: Dennis Forsythe
Verified date: August 10, 2020
Coordinator notes: None.