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What appears to possibly be the Appalachian Swallowtail butterfly was
photographed at the Scales area of Pine Mountain
Saturday, 13 June 2015, by Clancey Deel while with members of the Bristol
Bird Club on a high-elevation field trip.
Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail is a recently-described species that is common
in our mountains. It flies only in spring and
only in the mountains, unlike the similar and smaller Eastern Tiger
Swallowtail found throughout the warmer months and
throughout the region. The questionable aspects of this individual is it
may be too small when compared to the blooms of
the Flame Azalea on which it is feeding. The under forewing may not be
light or washed out enough to be an Appalachian."
It may be getting a little late in the season for this species to be flying
but the high elevation may explain that. The beautiful
azaleas were in striking display in the grassy balds and roadside areas at
the Scales. Maybe Don Holt or other Lep-type guys
and gals on here may give us a more definitive decision on whether this is
an Appalachian or the Eastern. Nice photo Clancey !