Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)

Widespread and fairly common from spring into fall in NC, the caterpillars feed on spicebush and sassafras. Note the very bold aqua-colored "half-moons" along the trailing edge of the hindwing. Also on the dorsal hindwing, note the lack of a black spot inside the orange spot. (Black Swallowtails have a black spot centered inside this orange spot.)
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Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)
Moore Co., NC
11 June 2003
Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)
Sandhills Gamelands, Scotland Co., NC
10 April 2004

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Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)
Orange Co., NC
5 Apr 2006
Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)
Haywood Co., NC
16 Apr 2006

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Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)
Scotland Co., NC
20 Apr 2008
Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)
Scotland Co., NC
20 Apr 2008

Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)
Muscatatuck NWR, Jackson Co., IN
27 July 2015

Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)
Muscatatuck NWR, Jackson Co., IN
27 July 2015

Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) Spicebush Swallowtail Papilio troilus
Orange Co., NC
9 July 2008

Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) Spicebush Swallowtail Papilio troilus
Orange Co., NC
9 July 2008


Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) Spicebush Swallowtail Papilio troilus
Orange Co., NC
17 Apr 2006

Spicebush Swallowtail Papilio troilus
Scotland Co., NC
20 Apr 2008

Spicebush Swallowtails (Papilio troilus)
Sandhills Game Land, Scotland Co., NC
4 Aug 2016

Spicebush Swallowtail Papilio troilus
Jordan Lake, Chatham Co., NC
13 May 2017

Spicebush Swallowtail Papilio troilus
Jordan Lake, Chatham Co., NC
13 May 2017

Spicebush Swallowtail Papilio troilus
Sandhills Game Land, Scotland Co., NC
4 Aug 2016

Spicebush Swallowtail Papilio troilus
Madison Co., NC
9 Apr 2012

A good reason to slow down on dirt roads near woods/rivers/creeks is to avoid excessive roadkill of puddling or fly-by leps, such as this fresh Spicebush Swallowtail.


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Catawba Co., NC
4 Aug 2012
Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillar (Papilio troilus) Spicebush Swallowtail Papilio troilus caterpillar
Catawba Co., NC
4 Aug 2012


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