Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes)

Common in the NC coastal plain and sandhills, this species flies from spring into fall. The caterpillar host plant is Redbay (Persea borbonia), which may become threatened in NC by an invasive fungus-carrying beetle which is killing Redbay from NC down to northern FL.
Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes) Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes)
Croatan National Forest, Craven Co., NC
27 Aug 2006

Note yellow and black striped body separates this species from all other swallowtails in North Carolina.


Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes)
Nectaring on Few-flowered Milkweek (Asclepias lanceolata)
Croatan National Forest, Craven Co., NC
12 Aug 2016

Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes) Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes)
Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes)
Nectaring on Lantana
New Hanover Co., NC
28 Aug 2004
Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes)
Nectaring on Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
Washington Co., NC
19 June 2004

Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes) Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes)
Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes)
York Co., VA
21 Aug 2013
Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes)
Nectaring on Rhododendron atlanticum
Holly Shelter Gamelands, Pender Co., NC
24 April 2004

Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes)
Bladen Co., NC
1 Oct 2016

Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes)
Nectaring on Trilisa odoratissima
Holly Shelter Gamelands, Pender Co., NC
11 Sep 2016
Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes)
Nectaring on Trilisa odoratissima
Holly Shelter Gamelands, Pender Co., NC
11 Sep 2016

Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes)
Nectaring on Trilisa odoratissima
Holly Shelter Gamelands, Pender Co., NC
11 Sep 2016
Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes)
Nectaring on Trilisa odoratissima
Holly Shelter Gamelands, Pender Co., NC
11 Sep 2016

Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes)
Big Cypress, Collier Co., FL
25 Sep 2016

Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes)
Holly Shelter Gamelands, Pender Co., NC
11 Sep 2016

Impressive how a small crab spider can take a butterfly as large as a Palamedes!


Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes)
Holly Shelter Gamelands, Pender Co., NC
11 Sep 2016

Vanilla-plant is a butterfly magnet!


Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes)
Holly Shelter Gamelands, Pender Co., NC
11 Sep 2016


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