Papilio Troilus: Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly

DSCF6192 400copy

The Spicebush Swallowtail [Papilio troilus] is a common black swallowtail butterfly found in North America, also known as the Green-Clouded butterfly. The spicebush swallowtail derives its name from its most common host plant, the spicebush, members of the genus Lindera.

DSCF6409 400copy

The family to which Spicebush Swallowtails belong, Papilionidae, or swallowtails, include the largest butterflies in the world. The swallowtails are unique in that even while feeding, they continue to flutter their wings. Unlike other swallowtail butterflies, Spicebushes fly low to the ground instead of at great heights.

Photo: Chamblee, Georgia, USA  [201400807]

Source: Wikipedia

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s