black swallowtail butterfly

Meet the Native Pollinators is a series aimed to provide an introduction to the many wild pollinators found in and around the NYC region. Learn more about the Black Swallowtail Butterfly below.

Latin name 

Papilio polyxenes


8-11 cm  (wingspan)

Flight season


Host Plant

plants in the carrot (Apiaceae) family, including Queen Anne’s lace, parsley, carrots, and dill


Parks, gardens, fields, meadows, and marshes

Interesting fact

Black Swallowtail Butterflies have a tube-like tongue called a proboscis that they use to sip nectar.

black swallowtail butterfly


PHOTO by Diana Gruberg