Palamedes Swallowtail
Papilio palamedes

Wingspan is 3 1/2 - 4 1/2

Similar Species:
Giant Swallowtail

Southern swamps and adjacent open areas.

Common to abundant in the coastal plain. Typically it`s found east of I-95 in NC, SC and southeastern VA. Not found in WV.

Flight Period:
Adults fly from late March until mid October in two broods with no gap between broods.

Larval Host Plants:
Red Bay Persea borbonica, Sweet Bay Magnolia virginia and Sassafras Sassafras albidum.

This swallowtail is much browner than black making it easier to identify from the other "black" swallowtails.

Look for this species in southern swamps and wetlands with Red Bay Persea borbonica.

I have seen these swallowtails in huge numbers (600+) in the Dare Bombing Range in eastern NC during September.

The top photo was taken in in the Sandhills Gamelands in Scotland Co., NC on April 20, 2003. The second photo was taken in the Sandhills Gamelands in NC during a CBS field trip there in 1999. The third photo was taken in coastal VA during September of 1994. The bottom photo was taken at Croatan NF in Carteret Co., NC on April 4, 2003.


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Palamedes Swallowtail, Papilio palamedes
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Palamedes Swallowtail, Papilio palamedes
Male that was puddling in a fire pit. Notice the large yellow/orange stripe at the base of the hindwing it can be see in flight easily from a distance.
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Palamdes Swallowtail, Papilio palamedes
Palamedes Swallowtail, Papilio palamedes
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