Sunday, September 20, 2009

Palamedes Swallowtail Butterfly

I’ve had several Black Swallowtail butterflies fluttering around the yard. It wasn’t until I actually got a bunch of pictures, that I realized there were so many kinds.

I believe this is the Palamedes Swallowtail.069cs

So far, I’ve gotten photos of the Giant Swallowtail and the Palamedes. I’ve another that I haven’t found a name for other than Black Swallowtail. I’ll get that posted one of these days.061cs

It’s amazing but on many butterflies…the under side is the prettier side. As is the case with this one.072cs


And look at this face…060cs

Looks like his “Mohawk” is between his eyes.  Where do they put their “sipper” when it’s not in use?

This is another fairly large butterfly. They can have a wingspan of 4-5 inches.


  1. We get a lot of different swallotails here in MIchigan too. I love the variety. Your photos are very cool!

    Do you have skippers down there?

  2. Beautiful shots. The Palamedes is a common butterfly in the swamp where I work.
    They roll their sippers up in a little coil when they aren't sipping.

  3. The vibrant wing colour and pattern on the butterly are superb, and credit to you for capturing this on camera.

  4. Those are great pictures. I love butterflies. Helen

  5. They are gorgeous. love the Mohawk between the eyes. Thanks to swamp4me for the sipper info. Great captures.

  6. Great shots Carol. A stunning butterfly.
    Love that head on shot.

  7. Beautiful photos! Again, your marvelous bottlebrush bush is working like a magnet.

  8. Beautiful colors on the butterfly and the bottlebrush. Love that close-up of its face!


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