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Spicebush Swallowtail

Papilio troilus

Description:

Large black Swallowtail butterfly with orange, white, and blue markings on both the lower the back and front wings. Spicebush Swallowtail differs from Black Swallowtail in that it lacks the second row of yellow-tan markings. Adults nectar on a wide variety of flowers, while the larvae feeds on Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) and Sassafras (Sassafras albidum). Spicebush Swallowtail is the most common black swallowtail that I see in NE OH

Habitat:

Meadows, fields, gardens, woodland openings, and woodland edges.

Notes:

Observed feeding on Monarda cultivar, S. end of Holden Wildflower Garden, The Holden Arboretum, Lake County, Kirtland, OH

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Brian Parsons
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Brian Parsons

Kirtland, Ohio, USA

Spotted on Jul 9, 2012
Submitted on Jul 11, 2012

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