Zebra Swallowtail by rhoing

Zebra Swallowtail

One of my favorite butterfly species.
ID’ed at BAMONA as “Eurytides marcellus” or “Zebra Swallowtail.”

Species pages: [ BAMONA ] [ BugGuide ] [ Not present in UK ]

Looking back
1 year ago: “‘Slaty Skimmer’ [Filler]”
2 years ago: No post
3 years ago: “5:42 a.m. [Filler #47]”
4 years ago: “American lotus”
5 years ago: “Golden rain tree”
6 years ago: “Contrasts?”
7 years ago: “Skipper!”
8 years ago: “Still cataloging our garden visitors…”
9 years ago: “Desperation (v. 10.0?)”

[ IMG_0973S9x6Utm :: 146mm ]
Instant FAV! First one I've seen in forever! May I pin it?
August 9th, 2020  
@marlboromaam Not my best Zebra post, but it'll do, so yes.
All-but-one-of-these are mine: https://365project.org/tags/eurytides%20marcellus
Monarchs are gorgeous, of course, but Zebra Swallowtails may be my favorite among the butterflies I see in my area … even if their wings rarely pause for me to photograph!
August 9th, 2020  
Beautiful butterfly.
August 9th, 2020  
wow, such an amazing looking butterfly.
August 10th, 2020  
Very lovely.
August 10th, 2020  
@rhoing Thank you - pinned! Wow! Just checked the link and WOW!
August 10th, 2020  
Wonderful flutterby - must look as if it is going backwards when it flies forwards! fav
August 10th, 2020  
@marlboromaam Thanks for checking out all the previous Zebra Swallowtail posts! It's interesting to look back on my posts of particular species and see what years they were posted frequently ... and what years they were posted infrequently or not at all. Several years ago I learned about the distinction at BAMONA between "residents" and "temporary colonists." The former I should see every year; the latter I will see only when weather and food allow them to come as far north as my latitude. :-)
(I'm grateful to have a regional coordinator at BAMONA who takes the time to educate me!)
August 10th, 2020  
@maggiemae One of my very favorite species. My frustration over the years has been that the Zebras that visit our garden rarely stop flapping their wings. When I can get a good shot, I'm always grateful!
August 10th, 2020  
@rhoing How nice! So you can educate the rest of us! I like to research the plants, mosses, lichens, shrooms and bugs I find on my little patch in the sticks. Bugs are a bit more difficult for me!
August 10th, 2020  
@marlboromaam I have experts to ID stuff for me.

For plants I have a fellow-retired professor on my campus. He is one of the “curators” of the online photo-database of plant photos, http://phytoimages.siu.edu/ To get his help and support, I have to maintain a spreadsheet where I record date and location data for each plant photo (country, state, county, and GPS coordinates), but it's been worth the time and effort. I was so excited to get my first photo on PhytoImages. Then the goal was 100. Now I have more than 850 in the database. Here are the shots among the 850+ that I've posted to 365, http://365project.org/tags/tm-phytoimages

For bugs, I am registered (free) at
» Butterflies and Moths of North America, https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/
» BugGuide, https://bugguide.net/node/view/15740
I highly recommend these two sites, but familiarize yourself with the guidelines before posting (or ask me!)—
August 10th, 2020  
@rhoing LOL! Where's the fun in letting someone else do all the work? I research on my own and then if I can't identify it, I fall back on the experts. Thank you for the sites! Really appreciated! I'm sure I will need them and then, I will probably ask you, too!
August 10th, 2020  
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