black swallowtail

noun

Definition of black swallowtail

: a usually dark-colored New World swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) having yellow spots on the wing margins and a black spot centered within a larger orange spot on the hind wing inner edge

Examples of black swallowtail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Golden Alexanders is a host plant for the black swallowtail butterfly. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Sep. 2021 Certain pollinators like certain plants, such as black swallowtail butterflies that like dill. Lynn Coulter, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 June 2021 This is, indeed, a black swallowtail, a good native butterfly. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, 6 Aug. 2020 In most San Antonio landscapes, expect the black swallowtail to also find your parsley and hatch some hungry caterpillars to feed on the foliage. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 25 June 2020 The black swallowtails are harvesting nectar from the small yellow blooms. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 30 Apr. 2020 Queen, Gulf fritillary, black swallowtail, giant swallowtail, sulfur, red admiral, American beauty and other species of butterflies are flying right now in area landscapes. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 13 Sep. 2019 The plant is the food source for the particular species of caterpillar, such as milkweed for monarchs and parsley plants for black swallowtail caterpillars. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, 22 June 2018 Closer investigation showed them to be black swallowtail butterfly larvae, also known as parsley worms, which feed on the foliage of umbels — plants in the carrot/parsley/dill/fennel family with short flower stalks that spread from a common point. Sally Mccabe, Philly.com, 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of black swallowtail

1840, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of black swallowtail was in 1840

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Last Updated

30 Sep 2021

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“Black swallowtail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/black%20swallowtail. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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