Pipevine Swallowtail
Battus philenor philenor

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oviposited on 20 September 2010


First instar hatched 25 September 2010
These liked to stay right together  up to the
day they walked off to pupate - Photo on the same day
first instars

Top larva molted to second instar 12:44 P.M.  28 September 2010

Second instar on 30 September 2010

Second instar set to molt to third instar
3 October 2010


Third instar
3 October 2010


Molted toFourth Instar at 10 P.M. 7 October, 2010
 Photo on 8 October 2010

4th instar

Molted to Fifth Instar before 7 A.M. on 11 October 2010
Photo at 9:30 A.M. 11 October 2010

#30 photo

Fifth instars on 19 October - 42 mm long
50 mm on 20 October, then shortened to
45 mm before walking off plant to pupate

#1 A  bit more brown than black  7:45 A.M.  24 October

photo 52  24 October 2010 at 7:45 A.M.

#1 on 24 October 2010 - Slightly lighter color at  9:30 A.M.
Purged liquid and walked off plant at 3 P.M.
 to find a suitable place to form a pupa.

photo 54 on 24 October 2010

#1 Pupa was formed on  dark gray/brown cardboard before  8 A.M. 27 October 2010
#1 Pupa #1 pupa

#2 Pupa formed on dark gray/brown cardboard  about  2:45 P.M.  27 October 2010
#2 pupa #2 pupa

This green Battus philenor philenor  pupa
formed on the stem of Aristolochia durior
Reared by Jacque Wolfe
green pupa green pupa

Photo Details - ©Nicky Davis
LOCATION: Todd Stout located female 16 September 2010 at Pima Canyon, Catalina Mountains, Pima County, Arizona
Elevation 2900 feet

Photos of larvae and  ova on Aristolochia durior, Pipevine, the host plant.
On 28 October photos taken of  #1 and #2 Pupa  that formed on 27 October 2010 in a dark gray cardboard tube (toilet paper roll) with brown paper towel over each end and placed in a plastic tub that held both ends securely together.
The green pupa was reared by Jacque Wolfe.  It formed the pupa on a stem of the host plant.

Ovum:  5 days
Larva:  29 to 30 days between the day they hatched and the day they purged liquid and walked off plant to pupate.
Some pupae developed and butterflies emerged  in the fall of 2010, others hibernated and emerged after bring them back out of the fridge in the first week of February 2012.
Adult:  unknown
Broods: 3 to 4
Hibernation: They  overwinter as  pupae

Host Plant

Pipevine - Aristolochia durior

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