Spicebush Swallowtail

Ginny York

Amherst, United States

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The Spicebush Swallowtail is found only in the Eastern US and extreme southern Ontario, with occasional strays in the American Midwest and even Cuba. Adults can be identified by their spoon-shaped tails and by their bright green (male) or iridescent blue (female) hind-wings. Ivory spots may be visible on the forewings, and orange spots may appear on the hindwings. Wingspan may be 3 to 4 inches.

The caterpillars of these butterflies live in folded leaf shelters and eat the leaves of the sassafras or spicebush.

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Adults consume a variety of nectars, including those from azalea, Japanese honeysuckle, milkweed, and thistle flowers.
Both sexes are thought to be edible mimics of the distasteful Pipevine Swallowtail.
Taken in my yard in Amherst, Virginia with my Canon Powershot SX110 IS

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