Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!
Mimic Kite Swallowtail butterflies practice Batesian mimicry, a behavior in which the butterflies' appearance closely resemble that of distasteful species that prevents predation. Swallowtails differ from many animals that practice mimicry.
Non-mimicking butterflies have longer lifespans, if they survive predation, relative to those who mimic.
Avg. Wingspan: 7.62 - 9.65 cm / 3 - 3.8 "
Diet: caterpillars feed on many different plants in the Apiaceae, or carrot family, including Queen Anne's lace, celery, parsley, carrots, dill, and parsnip.
Diet: adults eat nectar from a variety of plants including clover, milkweed, thistles, and phlox.
Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta, Order: Lepidoptera