Zebra swallowtail at Pocosin Lakes NWR
The pawpaw tree is the host for zebra swallowtail caterpillars.
Once the caterpillar transforms into a butterfly, its average lifespan is about one month.
Many creatures feed on butterflies, so the swallowtail has a challenge staying alive, even for a month. Some of their predators are frogs, toads, wasps, lizards, dragonflies, windshields, snakes and birds, according to USFWS.
This one was spotted at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.
At the May 17 meeting of the Dare County Board of Commissioners, county manager Robert L. Outten presented his recommended... read more