spicebush swallowtail

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spicebush swallowtail

n.
A large swallowtail (Papilio troilus) of eastern North America having chiefly black forewings and bluish or greenish hindwings, the larvae of which feed on spicebush.
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Papilio troilus (Family Papilionidae) protects itself from potential predators with bright warning coloration and startling "eyespots" thought to remind migratory birds of tropical snakes found in their winter haunts.