Black Swallowtail butterfly – 6/2/19

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/2/19

Observation Time: 2:15 p.m.

Observation Location: rocky bluff under power lines along S. Walpole St.

Common Name: Black Swallowtail butterfly

Scientific Name: Papilio polyxenes

Comments: 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