|Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)|
Family: Papilionidae (pap-ill-lee-ON-ih-dee) (Info)
Genus: Papilio (pap-ILL-ee-oh) (Info)
This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:
Citrus Park, Florida
Port Orange, Florida
Saint George, Florida
Port Vincent, Louisiana
Hudson, New Hampshire
Marlton, New Jersey
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Pinnacle, North Carolina
Bowling Green, Ohio
Cherry Grove, Ohio
Fruit Hill, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Ruther Glen, Virginia
Liberty, West Virginia
West Allis, Wisconsin
|Neutral ||iamkaym ||On Aug 20, 2008, iamkaym from Port Orange, FL wrote:
I am changing my Florida garden to Natives and one of the trees I transplanted this Spring was a young sassafras. In July I noticed that one of the leaves was curled, showing the silvery underside. Carefully, I peeled it open and found a brown caterpillar with large "eye" markings like that of a Spicebush Swallowtail. This was an early stage. In a few days the caterpillar was much larger and had the typical green and yellow coloration. Other leaves on the twig had parts of their edges missing; the caterpillar had been feeding when not hiding in its leaf nest. I did not see it turn to the clear yellow stage before pupating. One day it was gone. A week or so later I saw a black and silver butterfly in the same area; I'd like to think it was the former caterpillar.
|Positive ||tabasco ||On May 26, 2009, tabasco from Cincinnati (Anderson Twp), OH
(Zone 6a) wrote:
In our region of Ohio/Indiana/Ky the Spicebush ST uses both the Spicebush and the Sassafras for oviposting.
We have both plants in our woods (along with some laurels) and around the second week in August we begin to see Spicebush ST regularly visiting our nectar garden. Their first springtime 'flight' occurs around mid-May in Ohio.
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