black swallowtail


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 This is, indeed, a black swallowtail, a good native butterfly. Ellen Nibali,, "Garden Q&A: On black swallowtail butterflies and boxwood blight," 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,, "Calvin Finch: Beginner’s guide to growing herbs," 25 June 2020 The black swallowtails are harvesting nectar from the small yellow blooms. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: Wildlife activity picking up in San Antonio gardens, from purple martins, hummingbirds, butterflies and bees," 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,, "Fall blooms to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your San Antonio garden," 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,, "Western Springs business owner raises monarch butterflies and promotes conservation," 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,, "June 15-21: In the garden, it's time to…," 15 June 2018 Plant dill, fennel and parsley and expect black swallowtails to find the plants for egg laying, even if the plants are growing in containers. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "Attracting and producing butterflies in your landscape," 6 Apr. 2018 The parsley worm will munch away at your parsley, dill and fennel, but then turn into the beautiful black swallowtail. Adrian Higgins, idahostatesman, "Updated insects book gives gardeners all they need to know," 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of black swallowtail

1840, in the meaning defined above

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“Black swallowtail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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