HMNS at Hermann Park
The Cockrell Butterfly Center will be closed to the public Saturday, February 25 from 9 am to 1 pm. The Museum will be closed Saturday, March 4.

Thoas Swallowtail


This swallowtail, Papilio thoas, is closely related to our native giant swallowtail, and the two species are almost impossible to tell apart in either the butterfly or caterpillar stage (the caterpillars of both look like bird droppings!). However, giant swallowtail caterpillars eat the leaves of citrus plants, while Thoas caterpillars eat members of the black pepper family.

Like most swallowtails, this is a large, strong butterfly that hovers, much like a hummingbird, rather than landing when visiting flowers for nectar.

Located Here
HMNS at Hermann Park

5555 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston,Texas 77030
(713) 639-4629


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