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Eastern black swallowtail, male

Papilio polyxenes

Description:

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.

Habitat:

Mason Farm Biological Reserve

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3 Comments

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Thanks, beaker98 and Luis!

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 7 years ago

Beautiful series Maria!

beaker98
beaker98 7 years ago

My favorite swallowtail. They are gorgeous. Nice series Maria!

Maria dB
Spotted by
Maria dB

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Jun 5, 2013
Submitted on Aug 9, 2013

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