The Spicebush Swallowtail
Papilio troilus Linnaeus
- P. troilus has a black body with yellow spots along each side. The wings are black, dorsal side, with a band of yellow markings running down laterally. On the lower wings, there is a wide blue-green band of coloration toward the center with a band of gray spots located laterally down the side. Additionally, on the lower wings, there are two orange spots, one at the top of the wing and one at the bottom near the tail (Klots, 1979, 178).
- The Spicebush Swallowtail is 4.0-5.0 inches in width (Klots, 178, 1979), and 4.5-5.5 inches in height.
- The caterpillar feeds on spicebush and sassafras (Klots, 178, 1979).
- Geographic Range:
- P.troilus ranges from southern Canada, west to Manitoba, and south through Florida and Texas (Klots, 178, 1979).
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