Anise Swallowtail

Papilio zelicaon

This bright butterfly can be seen in grassy areas throughout the reserve all year. The yellow-on-black pattern of its wings is a message, expressed in the universal language of color. It means “I taste terrible.” The Anise swallowtail’s larvae are less flashy, but their very different coloring conveys a similar meaning: they look like bird droppings.

Fun Fact:
The yellow color of Anise swallowtail conveys a message to predators.

What’s for Lunch:
Fennel, other plants in the parsley family, and citrus

Where’s Home:
Throughout the reserve, year-round