The Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly (that is a mouth full) tends to be a native of the warmer climates in the southeastern region of the United States. I think this love for the heat had a detrimental effect on this specimen. He seemed in no hurry to fly away from me when I found him in the Missouri heat.
The Spicebush Swallowtail
A Swallowtail gets that subspecies name from the tips protruding from their lower wings. As for the Spicebush part of this particular species’ name they received because of their fondness for the spicy lemon-scented Spicebush plant.
Pipevine and Spicebush
The Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly isn’t poisonous itself but resembles another poisonous cousin the Pipevine Swallowtail. The Spicebush Swallowtail has two rows of orange spots on the outside of the wing rather than the Pipevine’s one row. Because of this resemblance, most insect predators tend to leave the Spicebush alone giving it some relative safety in the insect world.