Mostly large and showy butterflies, the Swallowtails are not as publicly recognizable as the Monarch butterfly but as a group they are still noticed because of size and abundance. They often nectar in yards and gardens.

Above is a puddle party of Spicebush Swallowtails and two Pipevine's thrown in for intense color. The Spicebush in the foreground attempts to imitate the pattern of that shiny splayed Pipevine in the back. You be the judge. Several species can gather at these good wet spots, or at bird or animal dung and locally pile up in great numbers. There may also be a newly described Swallowtail species in Arkansas: the Appalachian Swallowtail. It occurs in its namesake mountains in spring. It is likely here in the Ozarks as well. See Bob's comments and photos here.