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The Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society is the official non-profit support group for National Wildlife Refuges in Eastern North Carolina Information below was released by USFWS and is available on their website at #NCRefuges News 
National Wildlife Refuges in North Carolina
Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuge Complex - Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
100 Conservation Way (P. O. Box 1969)
Manteo, NC 27954
252-473-1132 

Contact Bonnie Strawser 252-473-1132 X 230 
or Steve Brumfield X 224
For Immediate Release
May 22, 2019
Photo Release: Palamedes Swallowtail Butterfly
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Photo Credit: Bob Glennon

Caption: Palamedes Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio palamedes) is a native butterfly with a close association to the plants in the understory of the pocosins at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. The adult female butterflies lay their eggs on red bay plants that are common in the pocosins. They feed on the flowers of the many wetland wildflowers, shrubs, and trees on the refuge. The butterflies are working Virginia iris now. They will move on to other flowers such as swamp milkweed, coastal sweet pepperbush, and coastal Joe Pye weed as the growing season progresses.

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is one of six national wildlife refuges in the Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Complex. Pocosin Lakes Visitor Center, located in Columbia, NC, is open 9am to 4pm whenever volunteer staffing is available.