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Swallowtail butterflies comprise a group of 500 species of butterflies that belong to the taxonomic Family Papilionidae. All of the swallowtail butterflies are very colorful and beautiful, and come in many different sizes, shapes, and colors. Swallowtail butterflies are the largest group of butterflies.
The swallowtail butterfly is colorful and has two tails which look like the divided tail of the swallow, which is where they get the name swallowtail. The two tails look like antenna to the predators so they bite there instead of the real end. These butterflies are very colorful, the females tending to be more colorful then the males. They have a colorful dot at the bottom of their wings to look like their head so the predators will attack the dot instead of their head. You will see many butterflies with the bottom of the wings missing or chewed because of this.
The sole purpose of the adult butterfly is to mate and lay eggs. The swallowtail butterfly reproduces by uniting their posterior ends. After they mate the female swallowtail butterfly goes to lay her eggs. The adult female butterfly lays up to 100 eggs in her life time. Some butterflies lay all their eggs on the same plant while others lay their eggs in different places.
The swallowtail butterfly lives everywhere except the arctics. They live on plants where they can raise their young and eat. The plants where they live and eat are different for the different types of swallowtails. Swallowtails live all over the world, known to be the most widespread butterfly ever. The swallowtail butterfly lives in the tropics (the Afrotropical Kite Swallowtails), in Europe, Asia (Japanese swallowtail), Africa, Australia, and North America.
Afrotropical Kite Swallowtails are the largest swallowtails in the world. They live mostly in the tropics. There are many different types of kite swallowtail, but there are only 39 different species of afrotropical kite swallowtails. Afrotropical Kite swallowtails are very interesting, though some of the species are very hard to find. It seems like most of these butterflies live in South American rainforests. The kite swallowtails are very colorful and only one species has a swallowtail, two tails that look like a swallow's tail, the rest have normal butterfly wings. The largest of these is the Queen Alexandra birdwing butterfly.
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail