Two Different Species of Butterflies on Milkweed
Are these identifications correct? I’m sure about the flower but would like to be absolutely sure about the butterflies too. I would be appreciative for help with the IDs.

  • Upper, small, and camouflaged: Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon) Nymphalidae/Brush-Footed Butterfly
  • Below, large and showy: Spicebush Swallowtail (P. troilus ilioneus)
    Both are feeding on Asclepias syriaca known by several common names: Common Milkweed, Butterfly flower, Silkweed, Silky Swallow-wort, Virginia Silkweed
    Photo taken in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, USA where there is great biodiversity of plants and animals.
    © Jean Gregory Evans
    Photo cropped but not manipulated.
    Canon PowerShot SX20 IS f/5 1/160s ISO-400 41mm

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  • Jean Gregory  Evans
    Jean Gregory ...about 3 years ago

  • YouBet
    YouBetabout 3 years ago

    Two in one plus another orange treat! Gorgeous!! Great job!!

  • YouBet
    YouBetabout 3 years ago

    Looks so awesome with black border on laminated print!!! WOW.

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusabout 3 years ago


    Super fantastic work!!
    Deb, your host
    August 16, 2011

  • MarianBendeth
    MarianBendethabout 3 years ago

    Congrats!!! What a coup! To get both of them! Wonderful work!

  • Karue
    Karueabout 3 years ago

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