Papilio troilus female butterfly
Palamedes (also called Laurel) Swallowtail
Papilio troilus butterfly
Botanical Name: Sassafras albidum
Common Name: Spicebush Tree
Plant type: Tree
Light: Full sun to light shade
Size: Can grow over 40 feet tall
Zone: 4 - 9
Soil: Average soil
Host for: Spicebush Swallowtail and Palamedes (Laurel) Swallowtail butterflies
Egg Note: Eggs are small smooth cream colored balls laid normally on the underneath although sometimes on the top side of a leaf. Eggs turn darker before hatching.
Caterpillar: Young caterpillars are black and white, resembling bird droppings. Older caterpillars are green with 'eye' spots. One day before pupating, caterpillars turn orange.