Plant-Insect Interaction: Spicebush swallowtail on a common buttonbush


Spicebush swallowtail (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae: Papilio troilus) feeding on the nectar of a common buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis, Rubiaceae). Photographed 07/13/2014 at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark near Swanton, Ohio.

Spicebush swallowtails (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae: Papilio troilus) are relatively large butterflies that can be found in a variety of habitats in eastern North America. Adults spend much of their time feeding on the nectar provided by a number of flowering plant species. The individual shown here was visiting the unique flowers of a common buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis, Rubiaceae) in northwest Ohio. Adults spend much of the rest of their time looking for mates. Eggs are laid singly on the undersides of leaves and larval hosts include several species of trees and shrubs, especially spicebush (Lindera benzoin, Lauraceae).


About Jeremy Sell

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