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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (male)

Papilio glaucus


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 List of U.S. state insects


The Children’s Garden at Hollin Meadows Science and Math Focus School, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Related Resource:


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!

1 Species ID Suggestions

Yasser 12 years ago
Butterfly Weed
Asclepias tuberosa Asclepias tuberosa

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OnengDyah 11 years ago


iamcherreymaiya 12 years ago

what an amazing shot! i got 'wow'ed!.. i felt sorry for that butterfly for losing its tail though.. she still looks beautiful..

SheaEckert 12 years ago

The poor butterfly had one of his tails ripped off... Do you know how that happened?
Great pic by the way!

JosephBullock 12 years ago

So many new plants to me out there! Very beautiful butterfly and flowers!

Yasser 12 years ago

I think it might be Butterfly Weed. I've suggested it as an ID for you to explore. Beautiful photo!

jess.blank 12 years ago

a tropical milkweed?

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Virginia, USA

Spotted on Jun 5, 2011
Submitted on Jun 10, 2011

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