Really Nice photo, Christeen I practice my Butterfly IDing by IDing gtags users unidentified butterflies and putting the name and larval foodplants on the post. This also helps awareness of the caterpillars that turn into these beautiful butterflies. So maybe people won't kill all of them on their plants or perhaps plant a few extra for the caterpillars. If you don't like me doing this to your post, just let me know and I can delete it and stop doing it. Thanks 🤗
Butterfly: Pipevine Swallowtail ( Battus philenor) Larval foodplant: Pipevines, Note: because larva eat noxious pipevines the adult butterflies are poisonous or at least distasteful to predators, who learn to avoid them. 🤗
@purplebird I love that you provide that information!! Pipevine is one of the plants I was thinking to add to my fence. I had read this information about the swallowtail. Also, the flower the vine produces are unusual looking. The only thing that makes me ? It is, some find it invasive . Still at the top of my list even if it is ;).
@purplebird you have provided some great info! Yes pipevine is their host plant, there are many varieties, the giant version of pipevine, also a tropical pipevine is a host for one variety of pipevine butterfly with gold edges, and will only sustain those caterpillars, the toxic level will kill other pipevine butterfly larva. I always recommend research for your area, to choose native varieties. In my experience I have never had a pipevine take over my garden,