I had to look closely to identify this black Eastern Swallowtail in my garden today. This is a female, as she has a lot of blue on her wings. The tips at the end of her tail are missing. These forked tips are how they get their “Swallowtail” name.
The genus name “Papilio” is the Latin word for butterfly. The black swallowtail is found throughout southern Canada, most of the eastern and western United States west to the Rocky Mountains, and southwest into Arizona and northern Mexico.
She looks a little tattered. Would love to know her story. These beautiful butterflies are always welcome in my garden. I know Dustin tells them where it is so they will bring a smile to my face.
Can you recognize butterflies by their name?