Sunday, August 25, 2013

Spicebush Swallowtail Courtship Dance

Butterflies become more of a challenge when one already has hundreds of pics from which to choose. I captured this little drama today in my garden:

Spicebush Swallowtail Courtship Dance from Jean Campbell on Vimeo.

A male Spicebush Swallowtail is frantically courting a female of the same species. She goes right on nectaring on white Pentas. A bumblebee beside them is also unflappable, visiting the starflowers as if he doesn't notice their antics. You then see a Pipevine Swallowtail fly into the fray, not once but twice. I'm not sure what prompts a different species to do that, breaking up a potential romance.

Susie and I talked about the white Pentas today. She said that Miss Julie was not so impressed with the white and pale pink at first. We agree that they certainly attract swallowtails and are among the strongest growers. It's time to start taking cuttings.

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