Fun Facts!!

"If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies" - Author Unknown

Did you know...

  • In the Philippines, Battus philenor is considered a sign of bad luck! (Mikula, 1997).
  • Some of the common names for Battus philenor include: the Pipevine Swallowtail and the Blue Swallowtail (Mikula, 1997)
  • Battus philenor has a distinct chrysalis from other butterflies (Ramos, 2011).

       Image courtesy to Wikimedia Commons.         Image courtesy of Jeffrey Pippen.
    The pictures above show the distinct chrysalis formation that Battus philenor form. The chrysalis can be either brown or green. To learn more about the chrysalis of Battus philenor visit the Reproduction page.

  • Scramento, California is noted for Pipevine Swallowtail butterflies in the spring (Mikula, 1997).

  • Battus philenor has a wingspan of 3-3.5 inches (
  • Battus philenor is one of the few butterflies that lay eggs in clusters (Mikula, 1997).
  • The eggs of Battus philenor are orange.

    Image courtesy to Wikimedia Commons. The picture to the left shows Battus philenor eggs on Wooly Dutchman's Pipevine (Aristolochia tomentosa). To learn more about this host plant visit the Nutrition page.


  • Butterflies taste with their feet.
  • Butterfly wings are transparent (Hadley, 10 facts).
  • Battus philenor lives on an all liquid diet.
  • Newly emerged butterflies can’t fly.
  • Butterflies can’t fly if they are cold.
  • Butterflies drink from mud puddles.

    Image courtesy of Jeffrey Pippen. The image to right shows Battus philenor getting water by a process called puddling. To learn more about puddling go to the Nutrition page.

  • There are 600 papilionidea species worldwide and less than 40 inhabit North America (Hadley, 10 facts).
  • To see the references I used go to my Reference page!