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


Common Eastern Bumble Bee

Bombus impatiens, the common eastern bumble bee, is the most commonly encountered bumblebee across much of eastern North America.

Latin name 

Bombus impatiens

Size: 15-25mm

Flight season: March-November

Flower preferences

Feeds on a variety of flowers, including clovers, asters, goldenrods, and thistles 


Parks, gardens, fields, and meadows

Interesting facts

They are social bees that live in colonies and make their nests underground, often in old rodent holes or burrows. The nests of B. impatiens do not have a predictable pattern and lay egg clumps all over inside the nest instead of having one brood area.



PHOTO by Arsilia Derenzo 


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