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Black swallowtail

Papilio polyxenes


The black swallowtail has a wingspan of 8 to 11 cm (3.1 to 4.3 in). The upper surface of the wings is mostly black. On the inner edge of the hindwing is a black spot centered in larger orange spot. A male of this species has a yellow band near edge of wings; a female has row of yellow spots. The hindwing of the female has an iridescent blue band.


Seen at Mason Farm Biological Reserve

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Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

Thanks, Isabella!

IsabellaFiers 5 years ago

Stunning serie !

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Thanks, Carol, Jolly and Misako!

misako 6 years ago

Great series!

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 6 years ago

wonderful series. very cool spotting.

CarolSnowMilne 6 years ago

The last photo is splendid!

CarolSnowMilne 6 years ago

I have never seen one with yellow before. Gorgeous photos! WOW

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Lat: 35.93, Long: -79.04

Spotted on May 31, 2012
Submitted on Jun 2, 2012


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