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A few days ago I took pictures of what I thought was a Black Swallowtail. When I looked at the pictures closely and compared them with those I took a few weeks ago, it turned out that it is actually a Spicebush Swallowtail, which is also black but has slightly different color markings on its wings.

Spicebush Swallowtail.

Spicebush Swallowtail.

Here are two photos of a Black Swallowtail for comparison.

Black Swallowtail.

Black Swallowtail.

According to the web site Butterflies at Home, “the Spicebush has a bluish-green colored “swosh” and is missing one orange spot.”