Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1131288

Old World Swallowtail
Papilio machaon

Observation date: July 29, 2017
Date notes: Sunny, summer day - about 90 degrees; suburban flower bed; running sprinklers so phlox was getting a light sprinkling
Submitted by: teachsci
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Feeding on tall phlox in my garden; butterfly flew from flower stalk to flower stalk for over 15 minutes. She would circle the yard, but return and feed; I had a sprinkler lightly watering at the base of these plants, so the air had a light mist.
Status: Resident
Verified by: kking216
Verified date: August 14, 2017
Coordinator notes: Note the spotting on the fore wing that is not present on Eastern tiger swallowtails of the black morph. This leads us to Black or Old World's southern morph, both present in Nebraska. The eye spot touching the black margin is tell-tale of the Baird's southern morph of the Old World Swallowtail which is native.
Checklist region(s): Douglas County, United States, Nebraska