, Volume 59, Issue 2, pp 307–311

Population structure, residency and weather related mortality in the black swallowtail butterfly, Papilio polyxenes

  • Robert C. Lederhouse
Original Papers

DOI: 10.1007/BF00378854

Cite this article as:
Lederhouse, R.C. Oecologia (1983) 59: 307. doi:10.1007/BF00378854


Mark-release-recapture techniques were adapted for studying the territorial black swallowtail butterfly, Papitio polyxenes. Population sizes were similar from year to year and somewhat higher in second broods. The overall sex ratio was a male-biased 4.0:1. Of 340 marked males, 45.3% were recaptured an average of 5.7 times. Most mortality occurred during roosting. Periods of unfavorable weather decreased longevity, probably due to increased predation on roosting butterflies.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert C. Lederhouse
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  1. 1.Department of Zoology and PhysiologyRutgers UniversityNewarkUSA