spicebush pipevine pipebush spicevine I need help
Mr. Bugman,
I have tried to find a way to identify the difference between a pipevine and a spicebush swallowtail but I’m kinda stupid at it. I’m worried that some folks online don’t have it right, as there seem to be conflicting reports. This picture was taken in Central Kentucky. Help me Obi-Wan Kenobugman, you’re my only hope.
Drew in Scotland (where there are no swallowtails)

Hi Drew,
Neither is correct. This is an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio glaucus. Some females, especially in the southern part of the range, are dark. The tiger pattern can still be distinguished as the lighting on your photograph nicely illustrates.

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