Three More County Records

I’m still kind of in catch-up mode after spending much of the spring/early summer finishing up the moth addition to our website. Back in April Lori Tomes found a Gray Comma (Polygonia progne) in Saunders County where it had not previously been found. Thanks and congratulations Lori

Gray Comma, Saunders County, Nebraska, 3 May 2023, Lori Tomes

Several new county records for Zebra Swallowtails (Eurytides marcellus) have come in. On June 16 Rita Flohr photographed an uncooperative individual at Rock Creek State Historical Park in Jefferson County. Then on June 23 Mike Vrtiska reported via email that Zebra Swallowtails are common in southeastern Johnson County. Surprisingly Johnson County had no previous records. Jefferson County is probably pushing the western boundary of its larval host plant, Paw Paw trees. I would expect Zebra Swallowtails to eventually be found in Pawnee and Gage Counties as well.

Uncooperative Zebra Swallowtail, Rock Creek SHP, Jefferson County, 16 June 2023, Rita Flohr

Many thanks to Lori, Rita and Mike. Keep your eyes open and the records coming in.

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