|Pipevine Swallowtail nursery series by Kathy Nance|
|Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars on 9-17-2016, above and on 9-21-2016, below, by Sue Malnory|
|Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly by Joe Blackburn|
The life cycle for this butterfly, from Butterflies and Moths of North America: "Adult males patrol likely habitat in search of receptive females. Females lay batches of eggs on underside of host plant leaves. Caterpillars feed in small groups when young but become solitary when older. Wintering is by the chrysalis."
"This butterfly can be found in a wide variety of open habitats, open woodland, and woodland edges."
Kaufman states that their flight is rapid and they usually continue to flutter their wings even when perched.
The host vine, officially Aristolochia tomentosa Sims, is also known as Common Dutchman's pipe, and is native throughout the southern states, several midwest states, and New England, according to Lady Bird's Native Plant Database. As the vine likes some shade, it is planted near the small pergola in our garden and is starting to comingle with the coral honeysuckle. it should go over the top of the pergola someday, as the expected size is up to 100'!! We have not seen it bloom yet as it seemed to get off to a slow start this spring. The expected bloom time is March - May, and the bloom color may be yellow, purple or green, but is not listed as a nectar source for the Pipevine Swallowtail.