Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Palamedes Swallowtail

Erika and I spent the night of 22 March 2015 in Daphne, Alabama. Upon our arrival at our motel, I took a short stroll, but saw little of interest—an ubiquitous Eastern Pondhawk (a female in the photo below) and a Yellow-rumped Warbler—before I discovered a Palamedes Swallowtail, a new species for me. This butterfly is common in the American southeast. Typical of swallowtails, Palamedes visit flowers and mud. The larvae feed on laurels. Adults fly all year in southern Florida, but from March through fall elsewhere in the south.

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