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"And what's a butterfly? At best, He's but a caterpillar, at rest."    - John Grey

Do you know what is poisonous, black and blue and has to molt in order to grow? You guessed it! Battus philenor, more commonly known as the Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly!

You are probably wondering how an organism so small and beautiful can be so poisonous and deadly to other organisms. Throughout this website we will explore this organism to understand all of Battus philenor's unique and amazing features!

You are probably wondering, why should we learn about Battus philenor? This butterfly is an important part of our ecosystem. Battus philenor, along with bees, pollinate flowers. The larvae of Battus philenor consume leaves from the plants in the Aristolochiaceae family. To learn more about the diet of the Battus philenor and how they consume their food go to the Nutrition page. Throughout the life stages of Battus philenor, there are always other organisms interacting with them. To learn more about the interactions of Battus philenor visit the Interactions page.

Image courtesy of Jeffrey Pippen. In the picture above the butterfly is puddling. To learn more about puddling and how Battus philenor gets their nutrients, visit the Nutrition page.

I picked Battus philenor as an organism to research because I have always been interested in butterflies. Battus philenor is an important part of our ecosystem and it is important for people to learn about them so they can preserve them. Battus philenor are important in the butterfly world because other butterflies mimic their looks. Other butterflies mimic their looks because predators know that Battus philenor is poisonous by the bright coloring of their wings. To learn more about Battus philenor defense mechanisms visit the Adaptation page.

 To continue learning about Battus philenor to go Classifications

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