Swallowtail Sighting

Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus)

Since 2018 I have seen a single Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus) each year. Today was the day for 2021. I hope it won’t be the only one but at any rate it was thrilling to see this exotic looking butterfly this afternoon. It was sunny and 88 degrees F.

Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus)

Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus)

Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus)

Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus)

For the record I also saw two Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) earlier this morning and another (or one of the same) this afternoon. Verbena bonariensis was the attraction for both species.

Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)


27 thoughts on “Swallowtail Sighting

  1. Beth@PlantPostings

    Oh, that is a beauty! And you got some great photos, too! The one that I don’t see as often, but usually at least once a year is the giant swallowtail. Apparently, zebra swallowtails occasionally show up here, but I’ve never seen one here. I have seen them in Florida, though. Beautiful!

  2. Eliza Waters

    Wonderful shots and an exciting, beautiful visitor to have in your garden, Susie.
    I just picked up some more Verbena this morning in hopes of attracting beautiful butterflies like this come summer.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I bought fennel seeds and flowering carrot for the same reason but became concerned about planting it. Dealing with so many spready plants right now.

      1. Eliza Waters

        Exactly the reason I made a pollinator bed where I throw seeds and let them go semi-wild. Things like milkweed, bugloss, etc. can go crazy there and I don’t have to worry about them taking over my perennial beds. Another idea is planting them in containers were their spread is limited. My dill patch has lots of black swallowtail larva, loving that.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The pawpaw is the only food source in this area for the zebra swallowtail butterfly. I don’t grow pawpaw but glad nature or some neighbor does.


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