: Taken by naturalist and nature conservator Ralph Ramey at Shawnee State Forest in Portsmouth, Ohio, this is a photograph of a zebra swallowtail butterfly (Protographium marcellus) on a yellow rocket (Barbarea vulgaris). Zebra swallowtails are native to the eastern United States and southeastern Canada. Zebra swallowtail caterpillars typically feed on pawpaw leaves, and females often lay their eggs on pawpaw plants. Belonging to the mustard family, the yellow rocket grows best in moist soil by rivers or on slopes. The plant is characterized by bright yellow flowers which grow on the upper stem above the leaves. Naturalist and photographer Ralph Ramey documented plants, animals, insects, and other notable features of the Ohio landscape on his travels throughout Ohio. Ramey is a prolific writer and authored "Fifty Hikes in Ohio: Walks, Hikes, and Backpacking Trips throughout the Buckeye State," often illustrating his books and lectures with his photographs. Ramey spent time working for the Franklin County Park District, the Miami County Park District, and served as Director of the Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He also worked as the chief of the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, before retiring in 1994. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Butterflies; Wildflowers--Ohio; Nature photography; Naturalists; Nature conservation Places
: Portsmouth (Ohio); Scioto County (Ohio)