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Papilio glaucus

Common Name: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Papilio glaucus
Papilio glaucus

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Genus: Papilio
Species: Papilio glaucus

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Eastern tiger swallowtail butterflies have a 4-6" wingspan and are yellow with black stripes. The females have a blue color and orange spot on their hindwing. Alternatively, females may be a darker color.

Habitat & Range

Eastern tiger swallowtails are found throughout North America, in many habitats. They prefer forests and forest edges near streams and water sources.


Eastern tiger swallowtails feed on a variety of trees including cherry, tulip, lilac, apple, maple, and more. These butterflies are solitary.

Featured image by James Dake


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