My first Black Swallowtail by rhoing

My first Black Swallowtail

Seeing that there were “sort of” two rows of orange spots underneath, I knew this wasn’t a Pipevine Swallowtail and thought it would be a Spicebush Swallowtail. But Spicebush wasn’t right for the patterns “above” and when I finally looked at BAMONA’s Image Gallery, I realized this had to be a Black Swallowtail, which I haven’t [knowingly] photographed until now. Given the muted spotting above, I’m pretty sure this is a female.

» The state butterfly of Oklahoma.
» The ant underneath was just a bonus!

Not posted today: A “circle-of-life” photo of a jumping spider that had captured a skipper (butterfly); see it here,

Confirmed at BAMONA as “Papilio polyxenes” or “Black Swallowtail”;

Confirmed at BugGuide as female “Papilio polyxenes” or “Black Swallowtail - Hodges #4159” (subspecies Papilio polyxenes asterius);

One year ago (“They’re here. Our new oars — C2s”):
Two years ago (“How many triangles?”):
what a beauty!
September 20th, 2013  
fantastic capture...the black butterfly looks great on that pink flower...
September 20th, 2013  
@espyetta Had to post this, MaryBeth, but a close second was a jumping spider that had caught a skipper:
September 20th, 2013  
What a detailed close up. Well done.
September 20th, 2013  
Another gorgeous painted lady
September 20th, 2013  
Gorgeous b fly but I would have gone with the spider an skipper for the ACTION! Haha! Great pics!
September 20th, 2013  
so gorgeous...
September 20th, 2013  
Oh, that's a pretty one with a perfect pose!
September 20th, 2013  
Amazing shot.. totally stunning.
September 21st, 2013  
beautiful capture :)
September 25th, 2013  
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