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Palamedes Swallowtail - Papilio palamedes

Palamedes Swallowtail - Papilio palamedes
Daphne (Bayfront Park), Baldwin County, Alabama, USA
June 23, 2008
Can't believe this is first Black Swallowtail for Alabama

It's not
the first Black from Alabama - he says chuckling a bit. But it is something equally beautiful, and seemingly considerably less common (certainly less widespread). :-)

Moved from Black Swallowtail.

I can't believe it either,
looks like Papilio palamedes to me :)

 
Palamedes Swallowtail
Yes, I agree, this is Papilio palamedes.

 
Yep
I noticed I had mislabled and was hoping I could change before anybody noticed :( I glad to see everybody is on their feet :) You will notice that the yellow has worn off the tails. Palamedes is one of the swallowtails that is not dimorphic, so do you determine the sex?

 
I'm going to take a stab at it
and say it looks female to me; however, I might be wrong. The females tend to be more "full" looking, with the wings just a tad broader, rounder, and less angular in shape. I think (need to double check this one though) that the females are also inclined to have a bit more blue above, as in the Tigers. If the abdomen was showing clearly it would be much easier, but they don't alway pose with our need to satisfy curiosity in mind.

 
Thank You For The Insight
As for posing, it is so seldom I find a swallowtail light long enough to photograph. I finally had to rear some, to get some good poses :)



NOTE: Within a month after this photo, my Gulf Fritillary caterpiggies had eaten ALL my passion vine.

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