What is this butterfly

whatis123June 24, 2012

Could you please tell me this butterfly's name ?

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whatis123

This one also. I cannot find them in my reference book. Thank you

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 4:24PM
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perennialfan273(zone 5)

They're both swallowtails. The first one is an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail I believe. The second is a spicebush swallowtail. Congratulations on your find!

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 5:09PM
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wifey2mikey(7a Tulsa, OK)

I think the first one is not a Tiger Swallowtail since it does not have a dark stripes ... I think it could be a Giant. Spicebush swallowtails are usually pretty greenish/blue irridescent I believe... so I'm not sure its that. Maybe a female if it is a Spicebush because the males are definitely more greenish. I'm wondering if it could be a Pipevine?

~Laura

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 5:27PM
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wifey2mikey(7a Tulsa, OK)

Also the tiger swallowtails have black bodies - and this first butterfly has a yellow body which again points to a Giant. Thoughts from the crowd please?

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 5:28PM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

The first one is a giant swallowtail, and the second one is a male spicebush swallowtail.

Beautiful!

Sherry

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 5:41PM
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whatis123

Thank you for your answers. All my information said that the first one was a Giant swallowtail that's all and the second was all that was said was it to be black swallowtail. I will look up both of what you all said. Thanks again. I was really lucky to get their picture.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 5:43PM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

The second one is positively NOT a black swallowtail. Black swallowtails don't have the 'lunules' around the bottom edge, and they have a very distinct 'eye' that is, a red circle with a small black dot inside it, all enclosed by a black ring around the red circle - this 'drunk's' eye is at the lower part of the wings next to their body.

Your spicebush swallowtail looks to be newly emerged and is just gorgeous!!

Sherry

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 6:01PM
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wifey2mikey(7a Tulsa, OK)

For comparison's sake... this is a female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (yellow form). See the "tiger stripes" that are visible on both the topside and underside of the wings?

~Laura

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 11:15AM
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