Black Swallowtail butterfly – 5/26/19

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/26/19

Observation Time: 12:20 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Farm (The Trustees of Reservations)

Common Name: Black Swallowtail butterfly

Scientific Name: Papilio polyxenes

Comments: The big meadow at Moose Hill Farm was alive with pairs of black swallowtails chasing each other on this glorious spring day. Black swallowtail butterflies look a lot like spicebush swallowtail butterflies. You can learn how to tell the difference between a black swallowtail and a spicebush swallowtail at:

There is also a good discussion of how to tell the differences among four black butterfly species at:

More Information: Butterflies and Moths of North America