Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly – 8/4/17

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 8/4/17

Observation Time: 1:45 p.m.

Observation Location: 4 Gavins Pond Rd. (back yard)

Common Name: Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly

Scientific Name: Papilio troilus

Comments: The butterfly bush I planted in our back yard attracts beautiful butterflies like this one. Note the blue “comet” marking on its hind wing, which differentiates spicebush swallowtails from black swallowtails.

More Information: Butterflies and Moths of North America