Saturday, April 2, 2016

Pipevine swallowtail on Mexican clover

I almost never see what I would consider to be a pipevine swallowtail in the Charlotte/Sarasota County FL area.  But yesterday I found this apparent female pipevine nectaring on Mexican clover aka large flower pusley (Richardia grandiflora) in the Tangerine Woods community in Englewood.

It had the same behavior of pipevines which are common on our VA farm, namely that it fluttered constantly, making photography quite difficult.

Have others encountered pipevines along the coasts of SW FL and if so where?

Another good reason to encourage the growth of this exotic but butterfly friendly plant in your lawn!

Bill Dunson

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