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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 8 years ago
Butterfly Weed
Asclepias tuberosa Asclepias tuberosa

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OnengDyah 7 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 8 years ago

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

JosephBullock 8 years ago

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

Yasser 8 years ago

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

jess.blank 8 years ago

a tropical milkweed?

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Virginia, USA

Lat: 38.75, Long: -77.07

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

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