Michigan Butterflies and Skippers: A Field Guide and Reference
Provides illustrations of Michigan's recorded butterflies and skippers and comments on their identification, habitat, adult food sources, larval host plants and distribution in the state.
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Species Page Number Common Name Scientific Name
Swallowtails J 1 Pipevine Swallowtail Battus philenor Linnaeus
Black Swallowtail Papilio polyxenes asterius Stoll
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