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Morning Nectar

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A Palamedes swallowtail butterfly (Papilio palamedes) extends its proboscis to feed on nectar in lantana blooms Saturday morning near the Croatan National Forest in Carteret County. Palamedes swallowtails, also called Laurel Swallowtails, are one of the most common swallowtails on the North Carolina coast and can be found along the coastal plains of southeastern states from Virginia to Louisiana. Photo: Mark Hibbs

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