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Butterfly Field by Lolabud

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Butterfly in a flower bed on the side of a highway.

The spicebush swallowtail (Papilio troilus) is a common black swallowtail butterfly found in North America, also known as the Green-Clouded butterly. It has two subspecies, Papilio troilus troilus and Papilio troilus ilioneus, found mainly in the Florida peninsula. The spicebush swallowtail derives its name from its most common host plant, the spicebush, members of the genus Lindera.

The family to which spicebush swallowtails belong, Papilionidae, or Swallowtails, include the largest butterflies in the world. The Swallowtails are unique in that even while feeding, they continue to flutter their wings. Unlike other Swallowtail butterflies, Spicebushes fly low to the ground instead of at great heights.

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  • rasnidreamer
    rasnidreamerover 3 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous Pam!! Uh-Oh….Do we have a new BQ??? XXSUEXX

  • Thanks Sue, and no…….you are and will always remain the reigning BQ!!! So help me out here, what kind of butterfly is this? (I have a bad cold and really don’t feel like looking it up!) Thanks Sue.

    – Lolabud

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantover 3 years ago

    Beautiful happy image !!!!!!!!

  • Thanks very much Judy.

    – Lolabud

  • Thanks so much Judy! I had fun trying to get the shot!

    – Lolabud

  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRoseover 3 years ago

    Very beautiful image dear Pam……….Marvelous capture!

  • Hey Rosie and thank you. I should also thank Lady Bird Johnson for her highway beautification program back in the 60’s. This was taken along a major highway off the exit ramp, Every year they reseed themselves. It is pretty to see the blooms on the side of the highway.

    – Lolabud

  • rasnidreamer
    rasnidreamerover 3 years ago

    Looks like a Spicebush Swallowtail. Sure hope you get to feeling better. If you need anything, give me a call! XXSUEXX

  • Thanks Sue, Felling MUCH Better today!

    – Lolabud

  • M.S. Photography/Art
    M.S. Photograp...over 3 years ago

    Wonderful tones & light!

  • Thank you Margaret. The flowers made a sea of orange.

    – Lolabud

  • jwmphotos
    jwmphotosover 3 years ago

    What a super image.

  • Thanks John.

    – Lolabud

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 3 years ago


  • Thank you!!

    – Lolabud

  • Rachael Talibart
    Rachael Talibartover 3 years ago

    Lovely colour and composition.

  • Thanks very much Rachael. The flowers were spectacular.

    – Lolabud

  • Sunshinesmile83
    Sunshinesmile83about 3 years ago

  • jwmphotos
    jwmphotosabout 3 years ago

    A lovely capture!!

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