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Eastern Black Swallowtail

Papilio polyxenes


The upper surface of the wings is black with two rows of yellow spots—large and bright in males and smaller and lighter in females. This is a male. Hind wings have a conspicuous red spot with a black bulls-eye on the inner hind margin of the hind wings. The costa of the front wings have an isolated yellow spot.


Perched on grass leaf at side of road. Brazilian Vervain (Verbena brasiliensis) and Downy Milkpea (Galactia volubilis) nearby.

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Georgia, USA

Spotted on Jul 28, 2015
Submitted on Jul 31, 2015

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