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What is this butterfly

Posted by Whatis123 none (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 24, 12 at 16:15

Could you please tell me this butterfly's name ?


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


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


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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


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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?


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

Beautiful!

Sherry


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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.


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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


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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


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