Habitat of the Anise Swallowtail
The Anise Swallowtail prefers moister habitats than the
Wright's Swallowtail, a similar species found more in the desert
regions of California.
Adult food sources utilized by the Anise Swallowtail
The Anise Swallowtail likes lots of kinds of flowers in a
native garden. To attract it just plant a native perennial garden with
plants from your area. Below an Anise Swallowtail sips from a Penstemon
pseudospectabilis. They also like the Western hop tree
and Holly leaf
The Anise Swallowtail butterfly can be distinguished from
other swallow tails by the large amount of black on the front portion
of the fore wing and the amount of blue on the hind wing.
Larval food sources utilized by the Anise Swallowtail
This butterfly favors plants in the Apiaceae family. Many
native plant species have been reduced in number, such as Lomatium spp.
The original areas had many more native plants than exist now, many of
the areas have been completely replaced with weeds like Anise. They can
now be seen feeding on non-native fennels, carrots, and similar
species. This species has adapted, many other native insects, birds and
other wildlife have not. The people that named this also named the
planet Uranus, after someone else found it. But, then again I guess
Apiaceae Butterfly is not as catchy.