Re; Butterfly odors

RENE BOUTIN rboutin at
Thu Aug 3 00:44:48 EDT 2000

Hi everyone,

I am raising lots of  papilio polyxenes now on parsley and they have a
very nice smell,but the one smell I can't forget is the smell of a bunch
of cecropia females in a cage on my porch,I was under the impression
that I was smelling the pheromones even if their was lots of miconium
spread around the cage.
        Any ideas what this beautyful smell was?
                                                           René Boutin

Eleaner R Adams wrote:

> The first butterfly I noticed that had a marvelous odor was Euchioe
> olympia.  When
> I  smelled the first one I thought well maybe it is only this
> specimen.  I smelled the
> next one I caught and it smelled the same.  The only other butterfly I
> have noticed
> specifically smelling pleasantly is Papilio polyxenes.  I also at
> first wondered whether the black swallowtail had  picked up the scent
> from the flowers it had visited.  After a while I began to doubt this
> because the scent always seemed to be the same and every black
> swallowtail I caught surely could not have been visiting the same
> flowers.
>     If you want to smell a lovely smelling butterfly, try Echloe
> olympia.
> Eleaner Adams
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