Black and Blue Swallowtail Butterflies

There are several species of black and blue butterflies in the United States. It can be difficult to tell one from another.

Three Black and Blue Swallowtail Butterfly Species

CLICK TO SEE ENTIRE PHOTO
Three Black and Blue
Swallowtail Butterfly Species

Underside of Black and Blue Swallowtail Butterfly Wings

CLICK TO SEE ENTIRE PHOTO
Underside of Black and Blue
Swallowtail Butterfly Wings

Four Black and Blue Swallowtail Butterfly Species

CLICK TO SEE ENTIRE PHOTO
Four Black and Blue
Swallowtail Butterfly Species

Eastern Black Swallowtail - blue spots are totally separate from one another

Eastern Black Swallowtail
Blue spots are totally separate
from one another

Pipevine Swallowtail - the blue is metallic, shining brightly in the sun

Pipevine Swallowtail
Their blue is metallic,
shining brightly in the sun

Black Form Tiger Swallowtail - Tiger stripes are not as apparent - butterfly is normally larger

Black Form Tiger Swallowtail
Tiger stripes are not as apparent
The butterfly is normally larger

Tiger Swallowtail - the tiger stripes are clearly apparent

Yellow Tiger Swallowtail
Their tiger stripes are clear
Undersides of wings are yellow

Check out these photos to learn a few tips to telling black and blue swallowtail butterfly species from each other.

Click on the top few photos to see the entire photo. Some are photo strips of three or four butterflies.

Spicebush Swallowtail butterflies are missing an orange spot under its hind wings.

Pipevine Swallowtail butterflies have a tight ‘J’ shape of orange spots under its hind wings.

Eastern Black Swallowtails have blue dots on the top of their hind wings that are totally separated from each other.

Spicebush Swallowtail butterflies have blue that looks as if it was brushed on with an eye shadow brush.

Spicebush Swallowtail butterflies have larger white half-moons on the outer edges of the topsides of their hind wings.

Palamedes Swallowtail butterflies have a yellow line along their bodies and on the underside of their hind wings, running parallel to their bodies.

Black form Tiger Swallowtails have the tiger pattern in their wings. It is more difficult to see the markings when the butterfly isn’t in bright light. Tiger Swallowtail butterflies are normally slightly larger than Spicebush Swallowtail butterflies.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>