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Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilo troilus) on Teasel.  Spicebush Swallowtails have two rows of orange spots on the underside of their wings and one row of yellow spots on the upperside.  Males have a greenish hue on the upperside while females are bluish.  Spicebush Swallowtails generally have a wingspan of 3 to 4 inches.  The name comes from their long “tails” on their hindwings which looks a bit like the long, pointed tails of swallows (a bird), and they lay their eggs on sassafras and spicebush plants.

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Photographs by Valerie Lykes and Janine Ngai