Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1225495

Black Swallowtail
Papilio polyxenes

Observation date: August 13, 2019
Submitted by: WINGSaloftinKS
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Seen flying through the butterfly garden beds, (along with two other swallowtails, monarchs and more), at the county extension demonstration gardens. It flew from one Purpletop Vervain blossom to the next, would occasionally sail around the butterfly bushes and joe-pye weed in the central flower bed, but ultimately went back to the vervain, which were across the path, in another bed with some ornamental grasses. At one point, it let me get VERY close to it with my camera as it popped over from one blossom to the next. Size: Approx. 3-3.25" wingspan. Weather: 89 degrees, 56% humidity, sunny skies.
Status: Resident
Verified by: stomlins701
Verified date: August 14, 2019
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, Kansas, Douglas County