Male Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly


Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly photo
Dark Female Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
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Female Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
Light Female Tiger Swallowtail
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Life Cycle of Butterflies

  Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

(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

Plants That Attract This Butterfly

* 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?)

Where To Buy Plants

Butterfly Flight Range Map

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Flight Range Map

Photo Credits:
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

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