Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Order: Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)
Family: Papilionidae (apollos, swallowtails, and birdwings)
Genus: Papilio (true swallowtails)
Species: glaucas
Subspecies:

  • P. g. canadensis - Canada to New England, USA: small, light-yellow, one brood
  • P. g. glaucus - NE USA, USA: large, deep yellow, 2-3 broods
  • P. g. australis - SE USA: larger, dark yellow Wingspan: 3.5-6.5 inches

Name: "These butterflies are called swallowtails because they have long tails; on their hindwings which look a bit like the long, pointed tails of swallows."
Nectar: Pink flowers of the shrub abelia.

Scientific Source: https://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/butterfly/
Photo: Courtesy of Annette Jones