One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there,

Any idea what this butterfly is…

Mystery #121

…and why is he sitting gone the bare ground instead of a flower?

I’ll check in with you later!


Like many butterflies, this male Spicebush Swallowtail is ‘sipping’ moisture from the ground to pick up minerals. They can’t get the nutrients and salts they need from flower nectar.

Spicebush Swallowtail

And how did we know it’s a male? The female has just a few blue scales on the top of its hind wings. The male has nearly solid color, blue to blue-green to green.


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