Butterfly #19 — Zebra Swallowtail

eurytides marcellus

Friday, June 11, 2004 — 11:40 am

Perryville, Kentucky – Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site

We spent six days in Indiana and Kentucky, visiting Presidential homes and other historic sites. On this day we drove from Lexington to Mammoth Cave National Park. We stopped at Old Fort Harrod State Park, then drove west to Perryvill. After spending about six minutes in the lamest museum I’ve ever been in, I made a fast-paced trip around one of the trails on the battlefield. Sally and the girls hung out in a picnic pavilion — in the shade and a nice breeze — and read magazines.

I was feeling guilty about leaving them with nothing to do, so I walked quickly around the loop that was supposed to take a hour and 15 minutes and completed it in 35 minutes. This gave me very little time to see the battlefield and even less time to look at birds and butterflies, both of which were fairly abundant.

I would have liked to have had time to follow the Zebra Swallowtail. As it was, I saw it zip past, low over the long grass and disappear under some trees along a country road. It was only in view for a few seconds, but it was unmistakable.

It was obviously a swallowtail, and was large and strikingly black and white.

Zebra Swallowtail — Devil's Den State Park, Ark — 3/27/08

Zebra Swallowtail — Devil's Den State Park, Ark — 3/27/08

Zebra Swallowtails — Devil's Den State Park, Ark — 3/27/08

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