First instar. Host plant is curly parsley.
Iphone app won't let me upload cropped pics. Will update photo when app is fixed.
I'd seen this the day before new the High Bridge over the Pecos River. A lifer. But not till today a good enough shot...a thrill.
This photo doesn't seem to match any in the guide books. I know it must be common. Thanks!
The (eastern) black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes), also called the American swallowtail or parsnip swallowtail, is a butterfly found throughout much of North America. It is the state butterfly of Oklahoma. An extremely similar-appearing species, Papilio joanae, occurs in the Ozark Mountains region, but it appears to be closely related to Papilio machaon, rather than P. polyxenes. The species is named after a figure in Greek mythology, Polyxena (pron.: /pəˈlɪksɨnə/; Greek: Πολυξένη) who was the youngest daughter...