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Spicebush Swallowtail

Papilio troilus


Wingspan of up to 3-4 in; adults primarily black-brown with trademark blue-green(male) or bright blue(female) splotch in shape of a half moon on the hind wings; forewing: cream-colored oval spots; mid portion if wing: moon-shaped spots in light blue color;


Tend to stick to plants that are members of the family Lauraceae


Favorite food: Joe-pye weed, jewel weed, and hunny suckle; eats leaves of host plant as larvae and drinks nectar as adults; found only in eastern US and southern Ontario; flies low and fast through shaded areas; females stay in open areas, while males prefer swaps

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Dilek Cifci
Dilek Cifci 9 years ago


KarenL 9 years ago

Lovely spot!
I have moved this to arthropods for you. Please can you add the scientific name which is Papilio troilus.
Welcome to Project Noah Kayla!

KishaB 9 years ago

Oh wow!! That is so neat!!

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Arkansas, USA

Spotted on May 16, 2012
Submitted on May 17, 2012

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