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The Pipevine Swallowtail is abundant throughout Texas. It frequents gardens and can be found in flower fields and groves of trees. Its caterpillars feed on pipevine, a noxious plant which makes the butterflies taste bad to predators. Several other species mimic the Pipevine including the Spicebush and Black Swallowtails.

Found only in extreme southern Texas, the male of this species is an iridescent blue. It perches with its wings open making a shot of the underside difficult to get.