Insect and Bug ID forum: swallowtail mystery

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Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Jul 14, 2016 6:22 PM CST
These two were flying with each other in middle of the road. I saw them, but my sister who was driving....did not..... they both landed on the ground. My day was shot when I saw it.......

I drove back and found both on the ground. Both alive.

I took them home to my garden, one flew away, the other I have next to me, he or she is don for. Just keeps walking in circle, but I'll be there until it passes.

My question is, what species?

I looked it up, and they appear to be Papilio ployxenes. But both resemble female?

I thought only males tangled.... am I missing something here?
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Brenden
Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Jul 14, 2016 7:07 PM CST
Those are both male Spicebush Swallowtails.
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Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Jul 14, 2016 7:22 PM CST
mellielong said:Those are both male Spicebush Swallowtails.


Yea, I didn't know how to delete post, so I marked it as solved thinking it helped.

We're they fighting?
Brenden
Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Larva tested, Pupa approved!
Butterflies Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Florida
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Forum moderator Plant Identifier
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mellielong
Jul 14, 2016 8:08 PM CST
They can be very territorial so one was probably chasing the other off.

FYI, you can't delete your post (only a moderator can do that) but there is an "edit" thing you can click on to add more info. Or you can just add a reply to yourself. Thumbs up
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Name: Brenden Reinhart
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bhart90
Jul 16, 2016 7:37 PM CST
Haha, I got many personalities, so I think WE can make it work!
Brenden

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