Palamedes Swallowtail

Pterourus palamedes (Drury, 1773)

Family: Papilionidae

Status: Very rare stray

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: This swallowtail is a resident in the gulf coast states from eastern Texas to North Carolina. On rare occasions it strays quite some distance. Records from eastern New Mexico, eastern Nebraska and southern New York represent the most far-flung destinations of these excursions.

Broods/Flight Times: Multiple flights through most of the year in the heart of its home range ( Florida).

Larval Hostplant(s): Ornamentals – Spice Bush (Lindera benzoin) and Sassafras (Sassafras species) – represent to only possible hostplants for this species in the state.

Habitat: In its home range the Palamedes Swallowtail is found in and around swampy woods. 

Found at: As a stray in Nebraska it could occur anywhere.

Overwintering: This species does not overwinter in Nebraska.

Similar Species:


Palamedes Swallowtail, James R. Holland,
Palamedes Swallowtail – dorsal
Northern Cloudywing – side view

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