black swallowtail

black swallowtail
noun Date: 1889 a usually dark-colored New World swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) having yellow spots on the wing margins and a black spot centered within a larger orange spot on the hindwing inner edge

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  • swallowtail butterfly — Any of more than 500 species (genus Papilio, family Papilionidae) of butterflies found worldwide except in the Arctic. Some have tail like extensions of the hind wing. Colour patterns vary with species, sex, season, and sometimes location (see… …   Universalium

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