How Well Do You Know Your Swallowtails?


This coming Sunday, June 12, is World Swallowtail Day. We thought we’d celebrate with a fun game that everyone in the family can play. Simply match the swallowtail in the first column to its native host plant in the second column. Then match that native plant to a fun fact about it in the third column. The solution is at the bottom of the post.

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Good luck!

1.     Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

2.     Black Swallowtail

3.     Giant Swallowtail

4.     Palamedes Swallowtail

5.     Zebra Swallowtail

A.    Paw Paw

B.    Red Bay

C.    Black Cherry

D.    Mock Bishopweed

E.    Wild Lime

i.      Leaves of this plant can be used to flavor soups

ii.    This edible fruit has a numbing quality to it

iii.   This is the largest edible fruit native to North America

iv.   This plant’s long taproot helps it survive caterpillar feasts and droughts

v.     This tart fruit can be used to make wine


Answer Key:

1. C. v.
2. D. iv.
3. E. ii.
4. B. i.
5. A. iii.