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Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly

Pterourus troilus


Upper surface of the forewing is mostly black with ivory spots along margin. Upper surface of hindwing has orange spot on costal margin and sheen of bluish (female) or bluish-green (male) scales. Underside of hindwing with pale green marginal spots. Wing Span: 3 - 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm).


This butterfly was spotted along the Greenbrier river in Roncoverete, West Virginia. It inhabits woodlands, fields, roadsides, yards, pine barrens, wooded swamps, and parks.

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Spicebush Swallowtail
Pterourus troilus Butterflies of North America - Pterourus troilus

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info20 9 years ago

Wow 9 years ago

Thank you DanieleProlong for helping to identify this beautiful butterfly.

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West Virginia, USA

Spotted on Aug 13, 2013
Submitted on Oct 30, 2013

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