Plant ID forum: What is this Tiger Swallowtail nectaring on?

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Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Aug 6, 2016 1:04 AM CST
Hello, plant experts! I recently went on a trip to Branchland, Lincoln County, West Virginia to visit Grandma and celebrate her 87th birthday. Hurray! While I'm there, I always visit a lot of cemeteries to continue my genealogy work. Dad and I were on a path walking from one cemetery to another when I saw a Tiger Swallowtail. They're super common in WV because Tulip Poplar is a host plant and that stuff grows everywhere. But what got me curious was the shrub or small tree it was nectaring on. Anytime a butterfly is that interested in something, I need to know what it is! Thanks in advance!

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Name: Kurt
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krobra
Aug 6, 2016 1:53 AM CST
Oxydendrum arboreum , Sourwood Lily of the Valley tree
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 6, 2016 5:01 AM CST
I agree, it sure appears to be the lovely Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum)
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Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Bookworm
Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
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mellielong
Aug 6, 2016 9:35 AM CST
Now, I'm going to have to tease Dad! He was with me and didn't know. And he made a joke on vacation about using sourwood sticks when you cook your groundhog. My great-grandmother really did that, by the way. Thanks you two!

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