Category Archives: Spicebush Swallowtail

Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly Feeding On Penta

At first I never saw the Spicebush Swallowtail other than the Caterpillars, and now it looks like I have the opportunity to see them regularly. This particular Spicebush appeared to be younger than the one I saw last week who had the tattered wings.  It was really enjoying getting nectar from the Penta. The shot […]

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Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar Feeding During The Day

I thought most Spicebush Caterpillars only feed in the early morning or late evening, not in the middle of the day. For some reason, this large Spicebush Caterpillar was feeding on the Spicebush in the middle of the afternoon.  It was really chewing on the leaves.  Once the female Spicebush Butterfly came around, it quickly […]

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Old Female Spicebush Butterfly

I finally saw a mature Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly over by the Spicebush.  This female was going through all the egg laying maneuvers, but when I checked under each leaf where it looked like she had laid eggs, there was nothing to be found. When she finally quit flying around and “pretending” she was laying eggs, […]

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Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillars Are Really Growing

These Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillars are really growing!  It seemed like just a few days ago they were tiny little things. These guys have not been easy for me to photograph.  They tend to come out from under the Spicebush leaves during the early evening hours, and I haven’t been getting home in time for decent […]

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Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillars Eating

I don’t know where they are coming from, but I am happy to have them.  I’m referring to the Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillars. We have lots of Caterpillars feeding on both the Spicebush and Sassafras plants.  I have yet to see any actual Spicebush Swallowtail Butterflies, but they’re coming from somewhere. This is the most Spicebush […]

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Butterflies Were Everywhere Today

Holy Cow!  Today there were Butterflies everywhere in the backyard.  We had a Monarch, Question Mark, Variegated Fritillary, Giant Swallowtail, Gray Hairstreak, Eastern Black Swallowtail, some type of Crescent Butterfly, and a Pipevine Swallowtail. I got a few pictures, but I missed several and several others weren’t that good as I got over-excited. The plants […]

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Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillars On Sassafras

Do you ever have one of those days when you think you might just know a little about a certain subject then realize you don’t know much at all? Well I’m not having one of those days, I’m having one of those weeks.  First, the Giant Swallowtail was getting nectar from the Milkweed, and now […]

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How To Build A Successful Butterfly Garden Videos

I thought I would put together some brief videos on how to create a successful Butterfly Garden for my last day of vacation. There are a total of 5 videos, each one is less than 2 minutes long.  Watching these should give you a decent idea of how to start (or continue) a successful Butterfly […]

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Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillars

Remember a couple of weeks ago how I posted about finally getting the 2 Spicebush plants from Joshua’s? Well those Caterpillars are starting to grow, really grow.  These have to be the coolest looking Caterpillars of all the Butterflies (in my opinion). Compare the above pictures with how these Caterpillars originally started out.  Quite a […]

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Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

There’s four types of Butterflies that we don’t have in our backyard, but I wish we did. Spicebush Swallowtail Tiger Swallowtail Red Spotted Purple Zebra Swallowtail Now that list can be trimmed down to three.  Today I went and purchased 2 Spicebush from Joshua’s Native Plants.  Even better, that had a few Spicebush Caterpillars on […]

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