Harbinger of Pawpaws…


The Zebra Swallowtail butterfly feeds almost exclusively on the leaves of the Pawpaw tree. When searching for the pawpaw fruit late in the summer, it is always a good indicator of nearby trees when these zebras are sighted. I was surprised to see them this early in the spring since I had seen no butterflies of any kind before today, and the pawpaws have just barely started to leaf out. The several days of 80 degree weather must have stimulated them.


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I never tire of the endless variety of butterflies.

Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis)…

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Hackberry trees are the only host plants of the Hackberry Emperor butterfly. The adults do not visit flowers, but feed on rotting fruit, tree sap, dung, and animal carcasses. I like those eyes.


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I’ve been told that seeing the Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly is a sign that Pawpaw trees are nearby. Sure enough, after a year of looking, I found my first stand of pawpaw trees. Glancing around, I soon spotted this lady flitting about.

Monarch…Queen of the Butterflies.

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Stopping by on her way to Mexico.

Darth Swallowtail…



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