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The Daily Species: Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

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One of North America's most abundant butterflies, the pipevine swallowtail develops on the leaves of Aristolochia pipevine, sequestering the plant's potent toxins so as to remain poisonous to their own predators. The photographs of the hatching eggs (above) and adult butterfly (below) are public domain images created at UT by the crowd-funded Insects Unlocked project.

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