Brown Butterfly
Location:  Dayton, Ohio
September 18, 2010 9:29 pm
Hi bugman, first, i want to say that you have a great website here! Anyways, today, September 18, I saw this butterfly on a rose bush in our backyard and I cant figure out what kind of butterfly it is.
Signature:  Julia

Pipevine Swallowtail

Hi Julia,
This is an incredibly battered Pipevine Swallowtail.  It appears as though it may have had an encounter with a predator that attacked the wings but failed to grab the body with the vital organs.  This is interesting because much of what we have read indicates that the Pipevine Swallowtail is unpalatable to predators.  You may read more about this lovely butterfly in our archives and on BugGuide.

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