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Zebra Swallowtail

Protographium marcellus


The Zebra Swallowtail has a wingspan of 6.4 to 10.4 centimeters (2.5 to 4.1 in). The triangular wings are white to greenish-white with black longitudinal stripes. A pair of swordlike tails extend from the hind wings. The inner margin of the hind wing has two blue spots on the corner and a red spot near the body. A red stripe runs along the middle of the ventral hind wing.


Native to the eastern United States and southeast Canada. The butterflies are closely associated with pawpaws, and are rarely found far from these trees. The green or black caterpillars feed on the leaves of various pawpaw species, while the adults feed on flower nectar and minerals from damp soil.


I was so happy to catch this beauty today and a butterfly I had never seen before.

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albear1960 8 years ago

Carol - Maybe you will get lucky like I was and see one of these near you. They really are beautiful!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago

What a lovely butterfly. Please send me one to Pennsylvania. I would love to see this in person. Great two photos!

albear1960 8 years ago

Thanks KarenL! :-)

KarenL 8 years ago

Congrats albear, your spotting was one of those featured in our butterfly quiz!

YukoChartraw 8 years ago

What a beauty!

KarenL 9 years ago

Beautiful photo albear! This is Tennessee's state butterfly but I rarely see them here.

harsuame 9 years ago


albear1960 9 years ago

Thanks NeilDazet - I guess this butterfly isn't as rare of a sight as I thought, but it is definitely one of the prettiest ones I have seen around here!

NeilDazet 9 years ago

Excellent spotting albear1960! I spotted one just like this yesterday in Columbia, Missouri ( It is nice to see other people from the Show-me state on Project Noah!

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Spotted on May 29, 2012
Submitted on May 29, 2012

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