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Spicebush swallowtail butterflies nectaring on Yellow fringed orchid

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Published on Aug 7, 2014

Spicebush swallowtail butterflies (Papilio troilus) nectaring on Yellow fringed orchid (Platanthera ciliaris). It's interesting to see how far they have to put their heads into the corolla to get to the nectar, and also the yellow pollinia (large clumps of pollen) that get deposited on their heads. Shot in DuPont State Recreational Forest, Henderson and Transylvania counties, NC on 8/6/14. Music: I'm Gonna Go by Dan-O at danosongs.com

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