Saturday, March 14 is Learn About Butterflies Day. As I am sure you are aware, I really enjoy butterflies and post quite a bit about them. To celebrate Learn About Butterflies day, here are some basics. Lepidoptera is an order of insects that include butterflies, moths, and skippers. All three of these types have six… Read More LEARN ABOUT BUTTERFLIES 2020
A native North American hairstreak. Found in open fields, rocky areas, and dry places. They are always near juniper trees, which are their host plants. The caterpillar is green with white spotting. The adults will nectar on rabbitbrush. Here is a photo of one from last summer in northern Arizona.
Palamedes Swallowtail butterflies have a distinguishing mark of a yellow postmedian band and yellow submarginal band on the underside of the black wing. Palamedes Swallowtails are found in swamplands and wet forest habitats in the southern Atlantic and Gulf Coast states of the U.S. The caterpillar is green and host plants are swampbay, redbay, and… Read More PALAMEDES BUTTERFLY
Giant Swallowtails have a distinct yellow band across their forewings, a yellow band along margins, with a long wingspan, up to four inches. Giant Swallowtails are common in the southern California, Arizona, Mexico, Central America, Columbia, Jamaica, and Cuba. They are distinct by their large size, from 3.9 to 6.3 inches (10-16 cm). Giant Swallowtails… Read More A LARGE SWALLOWTAIL