Spicebush Swallowtail

Mississippi State Butterfly

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Spicebush swallowtail butterfly

Spicebush swallowtail butterfly; photo by Dendroica cerulea on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly

Mississippi designated the spicebush swallowtail butterfly (Papilio troilus) as the official state butterfly in 1991. The spicebush swallowtail acquired its name from its most common host plant, the spicebush. 

Also called the green-clouded butterfly, the spicebush swallowtail is normally found in deciduous woods or woody swamps in the eastern US and southern Ontario.

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Images

Young spicebush swallowtail caterpillar (Papilio troilus); photo by Michael Hodge on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Young spicebush swallowtail butterfly caterpillar

Mature spicebush swallowtail caterpillar (Papilio troilus); photo by Colleen P on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution/ no derivative works).

Mature spicebush swallowtail butterfly caterpillar (Papilio troilus)

Spicebush swallowtail butterfly; photo by Amy Evenstad on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike). 

Spicebush swallowtail butterfly

Videos

Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio Troilus) Medavelvan

Spicebush Swallowtail Lifecycle