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An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly feeding on Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), a species of milkweed. This individual is a male, as indicated by the absence of blue and orange markings on the lower edge of its hindwings. Tiger Swallowtail is the State Insect of Virginia. Related Resources: Asclepias tuberosa http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asclepias_t... List of U.S. state insects http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S...
The Children’s Garden at Hollin Meadows Science and Math Focus School, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Related Resource: http://www.fcps.edu/HollinMeadowsES/
My sincere thanks to the commenters who helped me ID the flowering plant on which the butterfly is feeding, and thanks for the kind words regarding my photograph!
Lat: 38.75, Long: -77.07
Spotted on Jun 5, 2011
Submitted on Jun 10, 2011
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