Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly

Yesterday, this beautiful dark Swallowtail butterfly flitted and sailed around my hydrangea bushes landing here and there with slow wingbeats to sip nectar from the many flowers. I thought it would make a stunning painting because of the contrast between the while blossoms and the black butterfly.
Spicebush swallowtail caterpillars feed on spicebush plants, sassafras, and bays. The adult butterfly's markings are a protection. They are similar to the markings of the foul-tasting pipevine swallowtail, making predators hesitant to attack them.
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