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An Eastern Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) (best viewed large)

By gconant  
Also known as the American Swallowtail, the Parsnip Swallowtail, or the Parsley Swallowtail.
Indigenous to North America.
These butterflies satisfy the four criteria for lekking behavior,
# 1 - there is no male parental care.
# 2 - males aggregate at specific sites for display.
# 3 - the only resource females find at the lek are the males themselves.
# 4 - females can select their mates.
The Eastern Black Swallowtail is the state butterfly of Oklahoma and New Jersey.


Tags: Butterflies Eastern black swallowtail Wildlife and nature Papilio polyxenes Lepidoptery Parsnip Swallowtails Parsley Swallowtails

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28 Nov 2020 11:27PM
Excellent capture Glenn,
28 Nov 2020 11:29PM
Looks like this guy has had a battle or two.
Saastad Plus
2 16 15 Norway
29 Nov 2020 12:08AM
Beautiful work Glenn!

Arne Smile
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
29 Nov 2020 12:50AM
Still flying inspire of his wounds!
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
29 Nov 2020 3:18AM
He still has an appetite. That's a good sign. A good capture Glenn.
dales Plus
5 11 Australia
29 Nov 2020 5:20AM
A very impressive creature , excellent capture Glenn
29 Nov 2020 9:55AM
Another belter
29 Nov 2020 1:53PM
Excellent image
manicam 17 44 1 Canada
29 Nov 2020 3:16PM
Wow 😳 amazing photo Glenn


Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2020 7:17PM
Great image, lovely shot...
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