Anise Swallowtail Butterfly
The Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon) is a beautiful large butterfly, black with yellow spots along wing edges. The forewing has a large yellow band across the center.
It ranges throughout the western United States (except Arizona and New Mexico) and Canada.
Size: 2 5/8" - 3"
Host plants: Sweet Fennel (Anise), Citrus trees
Anise Swallowtail Life Cycle: Stages and Times
|Egg stage||Generally 4 to 10 days, depending on temperature and host plant|
|Caterpillar (larval) stage||3 to 4 weeks|
|Chrysalis (pupal) stage||10 to 20 days|
|Adult butterfly stage||6 to 14 days|
Anise Swallowtail Butterfly amidst spring blossoms
Anise Swallowtail Butterflies resting on rocks
Anise Swallowtail Caterpillar