Palamedes Swallowtail (LEP4) Papilio palamedes


     This species is especially abundant in the southeastern woods of the United States.  Palamedes has very broad wings enabling it to fly well.  The lower surface is generally dark brown with yellow spots.  A row of orange chevrons crosses the hindwing, each lined with brilliant blue.  Orange-red spots edge the wing to below the long, rounded tail.