close up of a black butterfly with teal metallic markings on a yellow and pink flower

The emerald swallowtail’s scientific name comes from the epic poem the Aeneid, written by Virgil. The emerald swallowtail is scientifically known as Papilio palinurus. Papilio meaning “butterfly” and palinurus referring to the captain in Virgil’s Aeneid. This Latin name implies that the emerald swallowtail is a navigator of sorts. Considering […]

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