Monday, March 26, 2012

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly

Yesterday the weather was absolutely gorgeous along the Gulf Coast of Northwest Florida. I was walking down the sidewalk when I spotted this beautiful Swallowtail Butterfly (Papillio Cresphontes).  For identification and information, I went to the Florida Butterfly Database. When feeding, swallowtails keep their wings fluttering, similar to hummingbirds,  while hovering close to flowers. This cluster of blooms is one type of lantana. There are about 150 species. Some are native and grow into tall bushes. Many hybrids of lantana are available from nurseries. Colors range from yellow, orange, pink to lavender-like blue.   

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