Black Swallowtail Papilio Polyxenes

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Taxonomy

Kingdom- Anamalia

Phylum- Insecta

Class- Papilio Polyxenes

Order- Lepidoptera

Family- Papilionidae

Genus- Papilio

Species- Polyxenes

Also known as Parsley Polyxenes

Body plan

The suspect has very distinct yellow markings on its wings. It has a black body with white dots along the backside. There are many different kinds of Swallowtail butterflies, so don't get this suspect confused! They can range from black, yellow, orange, blue, white, and red patterns on their wings.

Development

Egg- Small and yellow in color

Larva- Eats a lot, and grow bigger. As they grow, they develop green skin with black and yellow stripes.

Pupa- Wrap themselves in silk, form cocoon. Begin metamorphosis in cocoon.

Adult- Break free from pupa, and a process called eclosion (pumping fluid into their wings) makes them able to fly.

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General Ecology

The suspect can be seen flying in forested areas in the Midwestern and eastern united states, along with Canada, Mexico, and Arizona. Some host plants include Mock Bishopweed, Roughfruit Scaleseed, Water Cowbane, Dill, and Queen Anne's Lace. Animals around it are any animal. The Suspect prefers to hangout in trees by itself. The suspect is wanted for Flying without a permit.

Locomotion

The suspect releases a toxic chemical, just like the caterpillar does to keep away ants. The suspect is blended with its environment, but not camouflage. The pattern blends in with flowers and grass. Wasps, spiders, frogs and Mantis all eat the adult. To escape these predators, the suspect hides in trees. It moves by fluttering its wings, and landing on stable objects(Tree, plant flower).

Work sited

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