Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus)
This remarkable butterfly resembles a long-tailed kite. Its flying is dramatic and a wonderful sight to see. The velvety red stripes on the hind wings surrounded by yellow and black give away its identity. They enjoy swampy areas to breed and lay eggs, while they enjoy the open fields and brushy areas to feed on nectar.
There are two to three broods per year, the spring brood being the smallest and one of the first butterflies appearing in the spring. Compared to other swallowtail butterflies, their proboscis is much shorter, so they are attracted to shorter and flatter blooms instead of the long tube-shaped flowers. This butterfly is a fantastic treat to have in a butterfly garden.
See the pictures below to help you identify the Zebra Swallowtail butterfly life cycle stages and how to attract them to your garden.