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Eastern Black Swallowtail

Papilio polyxenes


Upper surface of wings mostly black; on inner edge of hindwing is a black spot centered in larger orange spot. Male has yellow band near edge of wings; female has row of yellow spots. Female hindwing with iridescent blue band. In the Southwest, yellow forms predominate in the subspecies P. coloro.


A variety of open areas including fields, suburbs, marshes, deserts, and roadsides. Most of the eastern U.S., north into Quebec, west into s. Saskatchewan, Colorado and se. California; south to n. South America. Subspecies coloro in desert Southwest.

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1 Comment

Gaia80 a year ago

How beautifully nature express itself sometimes, if not all the time once you look at all the prespectives of this world and the habitats :)

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Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Spotted on Jul 8, 2019
Submitted on Jul 8, 2019

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