(aka Tiger Swallowtail)
This unique species of swallowtail is a quick and strong flier, gliding when able. The males are a bright yellow, while the females can exhibit two different color forms; yellow and black and black and blue. The darker form is more common in the southern states. The caterpillar is just as remarkable, it resembles a small snake with eyespots. This butterfly particularly enjoys pink, purple, and red flowers, and is a wonderful visitor to any garden.
Family: Swallowtail (Papilionidae)
Subfamily: Swallowtail (Papilioninae)
Average Wingspan: 3" - 6"
Habitat: Fields, parks, suburbs
Similar To: Western Tiger Swallowtail
* May not be available for purchase at your local nursery.
Note: Always check a plant's Hardiness Zone to make sure it will grow in your area. (What Is My Hardiness Zone?)
Male (open wing) - Zina Flippen
Male (closed wing) - Fred Miller
Dark Female (open wing) - Big Stock Photo
Female (closed wing) - Bud Hensley
Light Female (open wing) - Bud Hensley
Caterpillar -Fred Miller