Spicebush Swallowtail

The Spicebush Swallowtail is one of my favorite butterflies. I like the shape of the swallowtail. To me, the blue and orange pattern on the Spicebush is striking.

Butterflies are one of those small animals that have far more variety than you would expect without a little research. The “trusty” internet sources don’t agree on how many species there are. Some say 17,000. Others say 28,000. Either way that’s more than I would have guessed. (And, don’t get me started on the conflicting information on the internet.)