Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly

In my experience, Spicebush Swallowtail butterflies (Papilio troilus) tend to be hyperactive: they flit around randomly, almost non-stop; when they land it is usually only briefly.

A Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio troilus) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

A Spicebush Swallowtail was spotted on 24 April 2016 in the forest at Huntley Meadows Park.

A Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio troilus) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

This one seemed to be a little more sluggish than usual on a cool spring morning, giving me an opportunity to shoot some of the better photos I’ve taken of a Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly.

A Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio troilus) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

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