spicebush swallowtail

(Papilio troilus)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

spicebush swallowtail

NatureServe

N4? - Apparently Secure

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Rare stray

Flight/Season

Two broods from April to October.

   
   
   
   
   
   
    Photo by Julie and Chad Theisen
Habitat

Deciduous woodlands and open areas near woodlands, woodland edges, fields, roadsides, yards, pine barrens, wooded swamps, and parks.

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Identification

 

 
Similar
Species

 

 
Larval Food

In Minnesota only prickly ash.

 
Adult Food

Nectar from Japanese honeysuckle, spotted touch-me-not, thistle, milkweed, dogbane, sensitive plant.

 
Life Cycle

 

 
Behavior

 

 
Distribution Distribution Map   Sources: 7, 20, 21, 24, 29, 71.
 
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Taxonomy

Order:

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)

 

Suborder:

Glossata

 

Infraorder:

Neolepidoptera

 

Parvorder:

Heteroneura

 

No Rank:

Ditrysia

 

No Rank:

Obtectomera

 

Superfamily:

Papilionoidea (butterflies)

 

Family:

Papilionidae (swallowtails)

 

Subfamily:

Papilioninae (swallowtails)

 

Tribe:

Papilionini (fluted swallowtails)

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

spicebush swallowtail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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In our overgrown flower garden, hanging around green onion blooms

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  Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)
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  Papilio troilus (Spicebush Swallowtail)
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  Papilio troilus (Spicebush Swallowtail)  
     
  Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly on native plants
Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren
 
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  Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar (Papilio Troilus)
TheLoneKnight
 
   
 
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Published on Apr 14, 2012

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar
See more pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/theloneknight/sets/72157601853281547/

Here is the region map they live in and a list of host plants you may find the caterpillars on. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papilio_troilus

Look for partially eaten leaves that have folded closed. You can find the caterpillars in those leaves on their host plant. I find mine on a small Camphor tree.

This place sells them here but are restricted to sell only in Florida.
http://www.butterflyworkx.com/spicebush-swallowtail-caterpillars.html

   
       
  Spicebush caterpillar defense
RoddyAndClark
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Oct 14, 2009

This Spicebush caterpillar, also known as a snake mimic because of the green coloration with large black spots which look like eyes. I tried to prod it to move off the leaf, and it decided to show its other defense: a forked tongue looking appendage.

   
       
  Spicebush Swallowtail
TheChannelOfAnimals
 
   
 
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Published on Aug 22, 2013

In this video, a spicebush swallowtail (Papilio troilus) is shown on the ground by the East River in Guilford. This video was recorded in Guilford, Connecticut on August 4, 2013.

   
       
  Spicebush Swallowtail Visiting Evening Primrose - June 15, 2013
Don Gagnon
 
   
 
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Published on Jun 16, 2013

Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) Gathering Nectar from Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis), Butterfly Garden, Gagnon Wildlife Habitat, Pottersville, Somerset, Massachusetts, Saturday morning, June 15, 2013, 11:16 PM / 11:19 PM / 11:21 PM / 11:25 PM / 11:26 PM - Canon PowerShot SX50 HS MVI_11337 / MVI_11338 / MVI_11345 / MVI_11352 / MVI_11373 / MVI_11374 / MVI_11375 / MVI_11376; 4:08 min.

   
       
  Nature Notes Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar
SouthCarolinaETV
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Feb 2, 2011

Naturalist Rudy Mancke shows us a Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar on a Sassafras leaf.

   
       

 

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Julie and Chad Theisen
7/25/2020

Location: Anoka County - Ramsey, MN

In our overgrown flower garden, hanging around green onion blooms

spicebush swallowtail


Christine
6/8/2019

Location: Zimmerman, MN


Alicia Williams
7/25/2014

Location: Carver County, Chaska, my yard (open field near woodland)

I found what appeared to be a newly emerged Spicebush Swallowtail; its wings were still unfolding. I was able to take photos and move it to a more safe location.


     
     
 
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