Pipevine Swallowtail on Tropical Milkweed...
I was so pleased this afternoon to see a pv in the back yard
Nectaring on this milkweed.I do not see as many every
Season compared to others such as Tigers,Palamedes,
Spicebush plus some Zebras.
I have not yet located Pipevines here, and lost Fimbriata
Seeds I tried the year we had so much rain that persisted
Into the Fall.The fact that I do see these butterflies proves
The plants are here but maybe not in abundance.
I do have Ironweed coming into bloom at this time,and
Last season found a pv on this plant right beside a little
hummingbird moth.So,I am glad they like this milkweed
Because the two buckets I bought have thrived here.
If the Ironweed in the yard(also easy to grow here)has
Acted as an attractant then I will increase both plants.
The butterfly had intense blue flooding the lower wings
Dorsal surface so I guess it was a male?