Spicebush Swallowtail, Revisited
Papilio troilus
Aug. 7, 2022

  It has been nearly six years since I've last posted anything about the spicebush swallowtail (Papilio troilus), a large and beautiful butterfly.

But then nature sends subtle signals, reminding me what I should do. Hey, nothing like meeting a spicebush eye to eye.

A staring male spicebush swallowtail
  The main difference between a female and a male spicebush swallowtail is that the male spicebush (below) has an additional (if faint) upper row of dots on its front wing.
Male spicebush swallowtail
  My favorite view of the spicebush swallowtail is with its wings raised.
Male spicebush swallowtail
  Talk about striking colors!

Photo note: The photos were taken with the Pentax K3-II, with the SMC-A* 200mm macro lens, at the end of July 2022.

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