27 7 / 2014

Summer beach time is also a great time to look for insects. Here are two spicebush swallowtails (Papilio troilus) on a freshwater beach. They’re “puddling,” consuming moisture and/or minerals. Butterflies become worm and battle-scarred as the season progresses, and these two have lost much or all of the long tails that give them their name, but they’re still pretty dang spectacular.

Summer beach time is also a great time to look for insects. Here are two spicebush swallowtails (Papilio troilus) on a freshwater beach. They’re “puddling,” consuming moisture and/or minerals. Butterflies become worm and battle-scarred as the season progresses, and these two have lost much or all of the long tails that give them their name, but they’re still pretty dang spectacular.

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