Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) -- Male

This species is sexually dimorphic, meaning the males and females do not look alike. In Arkansas we have dark-form females, though there are also yellow females. (See Butterflies and Moths of North America for more photos.)

Habitat: Deciduous broadleaf woods, forest edges, river valleys, parks, and suburbs.

Range: Eastern North America from Ontario south to Gulf coast, west to Colorado plains and central Texas.



Lana Gramlich said...

So lovely! I had a spicebush swallowtail in my driveway the other day, but by the time I got back out there with my camera he was gone. <:(
At work my manager's planted all kinds of monarch-friendly plants, so we watched the caterpillars come & fatten up over this past week. Now they're off to continue their life cycle. It was really cool!

Anonymous said...

This is great and I can't wait till I see my first Swallowtail this year!

Andree said...

I just began identifying butterflies and moths last summer and I fear I have forgotten everything. This will be a good refresher as yours become visible. But I don't know if I ever saw a swallowtail. It's a beautiful creature.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

All I have seen in our garden so far this year is the Cabbage White. I can't wait to see more butterflies.