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Discover the anise swallowtail butterfly


Last updated 11/11/2021 at 7pm

A defense mechanism of the swallowtail caterpillar is osmeteria, in which a foul odor and sticky substance emits from an organ on its head. Village News/Jules Vanden Berge photo

FALLBROOK – Wings of Change is pleased to discuss a local favorite anise swallowtail, papilio zelicaon Lucas, for its November Butterfly of the Month. The anise swallowtail is a giant yellow and black butterfly that can be commonly seen throughout most of the Western United States and into Mexico. Their habitats include hills, mountains, gardens, fields, vacant lots, and roadsides. They take one migrational flight from April to July.

The adult butterfly ranges from 2 ¾ to 3 ½ inches in wingspan and encompasses a pale yellow color on its inner wings with black stripes. Add...

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