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Black swallowtail butterfly

Papilio polyxenes

Description:

The black swallowtail is a black butterfly with yellow markings near the margins of the forewings and hindwings and more limited blue and red markings on the hindwings. Its wing span can reach 4 ½ inches. Full grown parselyworms or caterpillars can reach 2 inches in length and are smooth and green, marked with black bands and yellow spots.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail dark phase female
Papilio glaucus Species Papilio glaucus - Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - BugGuide.Net


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1 Comment

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 3 years ago

This beauty looks like a closer match to an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. Please check out the link above to compare. :-) Nice capture!

ChristineRobbins
Spotted by
ChristineRobbins

Georgia, USA

Spotted on Aug 15, 2013
Submitted on Aug 15, 2013

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