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Pipevine Swallowtail - Battus philinor

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly caterpillars feed on the pipevine, Aristolochia californica in the late Spring. The adult Pipevine Swallowtail Butterflies drink from nearby water sources and feed on nectar from a variety of late Spring flowers. Other pipevines available for gardens include Aristolochia littoralis, Aristolochia gigantea and Aristolochia macroura. The Pipevine Swallowtail incorporates toxins from the pipevines that work much like milkweed does for Monarch Butterflies, making them taste bad to butterfly eating birds and animals. We have an extensive list of plants that will attract beautiful butterflies to your butterfly garden.

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly sipping water from gravel at the edge of a river. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.