Swallowtail Butterflies of the American Southeast

by | Jul 1, 2014

Today I’m going to do a short and sweet post with a lot of photos highlighting three of the most beautiful swallowtail butterflies of the genus Papilio found deep in the hot, humid American Southeast during summertime. The three species are the eastern tiger swallowtail, the Palamedes swallowtail, and the aptly named giant swallowtail. Click any image to see them enlarged or find out more information on where and when they were photographed.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

This perfect example of an eastern tiger swallowtail is resting on a wild primrose bush deep in the Corkscrew Swamp of Collier County, Florida.

Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes)

Palamedes swallowtail on a hot summer day in the Corkscrew Swamp of Collier County, Florida.

Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)

Giant swallowtail butterfly feeding on nectar from red penta flowers in Southern Georgia, just south of Thomasville near the Florida/Georgia state line.

Palamedes Swallowtail

Palamedes swallowtail fully spread to show its beautifully patterned wings deep in Central Florida’s remote Okaloacoochee Slough, which is sort of a no-man’s land between Lake Okeechobee and the Florida Everglades.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant swallowtail pauses on a smilax vine on a hot summer day in the Corkscrew Swamp of Collier County, Florida. This big beauty had a 5-inch wingspan!

Palamedes Swallowtail

Palamedes swallowtail on a thistle in the Okaloacoochee Slough in South-Central Florida, Hendry County.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

An eastern tiger swallowtail rests on a pond cypress limb in the early morning light, gathering the warmth it will need to power up its flight muscles in the Six-Mile Cypress Slough in Fort Myers, Fl.

Palamedes Swallowtail

A rather ragged late-summer Palamedes swallowtail feed on on pickerelweed nectar in a pond at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge on the Florida’s northern Gulf Coast.

To see more photographs of wild butterflies photographed all over Florida, visit our Butterfly Galleries. I am constantly adding new images.


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