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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - female

Papilio glaucus


The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is native to North America. Females are dimorphic. The yellow morph differs from the male in having a blue postmedian area on the dorsal hind wing. In the dark morph, the areas that are normally yellow are replaced with dark gray or black. Adults are known to fly high above the ground, usually seen above the tree canopy. Adults also feed on the nectar of many species of flowers, but prefer to nectar on sturdy plants with red or pink flowers.


Eastern North America from Ontario south to Gulf coast, west to Colorado plains and central Texas. Woodland edges, swamps. Flight: May - September in the north, February-November in the south. Host Plants: Sweet Bay (Magnolia virginiana), Black Cherry (Prunus serotina), Swamp Bay(Persea palustris) and Tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera).

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MarikaMartinez 8 years ago

gorgeous indeed!

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 9 years ago

Thanks Yuko!

YukoChartraw 9 years ago

The pic #2 is absolutely stunning!

Ricardo Salgueiro
Ricardo Salgueiro 9 years ago

Well spotted!

ShaumingLo 9 years ago

What a beauty!

Small Wonders
Spotted by
Small Wonders

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Spotted on Jul 6, 2012
Submitted on Aug 10, 2012

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