Attributes of Papilio palamedes

Palamedes Swallowtail
Papilio palamedes Drury, 1773

Family: Papilionidae
Subfamily: Papilioninae
Identification: Upper surface of hind- and forewings with postmedian yellow bands; tails are filled with yellow. Lower surface of hindwing with thin yellow basal stripe and postmedian band of yellow-orange crescents.
Wing Span: 4 1/2 - 5 1/8 inches (11.4 - 13 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: Two flights, March-December in North; partial 3rd flight in South.
Caterpillar Hosts: Plants of the Laurel family (Lauraceae) especially redbay (Persea borbonia).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers of sweet pepperbush, thistles, blue flag, and azalea.
Habitat: Wet woods near rivers and broadleaf evergreen swamp forests.
Range: Along Atlantic coast from southern New Jersey (rare) to Florida; west and south along Gulf Coast to central Mexico.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None noted.
Taxonomy Notes:

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July 07, 2014 polson123 Columbus County, North Carolina, United States September 26, 2014 Details
July 01, 2014 TheWayfarer21 Onslow County, North Carolina, United States August 30, 2014 Details
August 17, 2014 GenevieveDutton Pasco County, Florida, United States August 28, 2014 Details
August 15, 2014 maria.hoffman6@gmail.com Dare County, North Carolina, United States August 28, 2014 Details
August 04, 2014 LillyPearlHo Suffolk City County, Virginia, United States August 16, 2014 Details
August 08, 2014 FleeterflyGuy James City County, Virginia, United States August 16, 2014 Details
July 03, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States July 03, 2014 Details
September 27, 2013 dpford Georgetown County, South Carolina, United States July 02, 2014 Details
May 14, 2014 totonka Nassau County, Florida, United States July 02, 2014 Details
May 24, 2014 Kimberly Mrozinski Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States June 14, 2014 Details
May 10, 2012 lauraLOVESbirds Chesapeake City County, Virginia, United States June 03, 2014 Details
October 06, 2013 flutewood Carteret County, North Carolina, United States April 08, 2014 Details
March 21, 2014 stomlins701 Liberty County, Florida, United States March 23, 2014 Details
September 28, 2013 Ken Cheeks Aiken County, South Carolina, United States February 18, 2014 Details
July 17, 2013 Brittadace Dare County, North Carolina, United States October 18, 2013 Details
August 17, 2010 Carol ONeil James City County, Virginia, United States October 08, 2013 Details
September 24, 2013 Kimberly Mrozinski Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States September 30, 2013 Details
September 21, 2013 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States September 22, 2013 Details
September 11, 2013 Kimberly Mrozinski Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States September 11, 2013 Details
September 07, 2013 Nancee Cobb Calhoun County, Florida, United States September 10, 2013 Details
September 08, 2013 namer Seminole County, Florida, United States September 10, 2013 Details
July 17, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States September 04, 2013 Details
August 20, 2013 dagasch Franklin County, Florida, United States August 31, 2013 Details
August 20, 2013 Kimberly Mrozinski Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States August 21, 2013 Details
June 04, 2012 dave2013 Harris County, Texas, United States July 31, 2013 Details
July 04, 2013 stephcivi Florida, United States July 25, 2013 Details
July 01, 2013 Jgeesey St Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States July 02, 2013 Details
September 05, 2012 Panonut Santa Rosa County, Florida, United States June 20, 2013 Details
May 11, 2013 Nancee Cobb Bay County, Florida, United States June 20, 2013 Details
May 23, 2013 Kimberly Mrozinski Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States May 26, 2013 Details
April 15, 2013 jomarlin Marion County, Florida, United States April 24, 2013 Details
March 30, 2013 Nancee Cobb Bay County, Florida, United States April 17, 2013 Details
August 14, 2012 overnemen Horry County, South Carolina, United States March 10, 2013 Details
February 13, 2013 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States March 09, 2013 Details
February 08, 2013 suedavies28 Orange County, Florida, United States March 09, 2013 Details
October 31, 2012 JeanEvoy De Soto County, Florida, United States January 02, 2013 Details
August 03, 2012 LLaing Hardin County, Texas, United States December 26, 2012 Details
March 31, 2012 vitaly charny (Vitaly Charny) Bibb County, Alabama, United States December 01, 2012 Details
April 10, 2012 vitaly charny (Vitaly Charny) Baldwin County, Alabama, United States December 01, 2012 Details
April 11, 2012 vitaly charny (Vitaly Charny) Baldwin County, Alabama, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 08, 2012 vitaly charny (Vitaly Charny) Bibb County, Alabama, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 11, 2012 vitaly charny (Vitaly Charny) Baldwin County, Alabama, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 11, 2012 vitaly charny (Vitaly Charny) Baldwin County, Alabama, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 20, 2012 vitaly charny (Vitaly Charny) Baldwin County, Alabama, United States December 01, 2012 Details
March 15, 2012 legacy.reporter (Patsy Harris Russo) Monroe County, Alabama, United States December 01, 2012 Details
October 26, 2011 mrcnaturally Brevard County, Florida, United States November 07, 2012 Details
July 07, 2012 wayne13114 Onslow County, North Carolina, United States October 31, 2012 Details
September 14, 2012 Becky Byrum New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States October 31, 2012 Details
August 31, 2012 Kimberly Mrozinski Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States October 09, 2012 Details
September 01, 2012 Kimberly Mrozinski Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States October 04, 2012 Details