Sighting for June 16, 2018

Bill Berthet

Osceola National Forest Big Gum Swamp Wilderness
Columbia County, FL

Windshield Survey Swallowtails Only 10:00 - 3:05 PM
Mid 80”s Partly Cloudy to Cloudy Winds S.E. 0-10 MPH
Overall habitat moist, all roads open, some puddles.

FR surveyed 257-239-234-262-272-212-232-213-235-200-221 and 277.

Most are freshly emerged, mineralizing on Forest Roads or nectaring on Carolina Redroot or Buttonbush.

Many clusters had 5-10 individuals. Some all Palamedes, Some all Spicebush, some all E. Tigers, some mixed with all three. Both Zebras mineralizing alone.

  • Zebra Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 451
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 277
  • Palamedes Swallowtail 631

Zebra Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail

Spicebush Swallowtail

Palamedes Swallowtail

Palamedes Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail