Swallowtail Butterfly ID: Help Needed
This morning Judy was taking pictures in the garden and she saw a female swallowtail butterfly nectaring on the pansies. No, I haven’t yet replaced the pansies.
It’s hard to tell the difference between a female eastern tiger swallowtail and a female spicebush swallowtail. Can anyone help with this?
The eastern tiger swallowtails are far more common, but I would dearly love to believe that this is a spicebush swallowtail. That’s because I planted several spicebush (Lindera benzoin) years ago. Spicebush are a host plant for spicebush swallowtails, and I very much wanted to attract these butterflies to the garden.
Actually, this critter looks like someone has taken a bite or two out of its wing. Carry on, Mrs. Swallowtail! I hope to see your caterpillars in the not too distant future.