Swallowtail butterflies, mostly the eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), have been our constant companions this summer.
|A male eastern tiger swallowtail feeding on common milkweed at Oregon Ridge Park in June.|
|A female eastern tiger swallowtail feeding on swamp milkweed in a school garden in July.|
A variety of swallowtail species, and other insects, feeding on bergamot, milkweed, and queen anne's lace in Shenandoah National Park last week.
While visiting Syracuse, NY this weekend, I saw a giant swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes) for the first time. I did not get a picture, but this University of Florida web site includes some wonderful life cycle photos. (Giant swallowtails are considered pests in Florida. The larvae feed on orange trees.)