Butterflies and Moths of North America

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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.
Comments: NULL