Papilio glaucus: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail buterfly

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^ Female: Black black with shadows of dark stripes.

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The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail [Papilio glaucus] is a species of swallowtail butterfly native to North America. It is one of the most familiar butterflies in the eastern United States, where it is common in many different habitats. It flies from spring to fall, during which it produces two to three broods. Adults feed on the nectar of many species of flowers, mostly from those of the Apocynaceae, Asteraceae, and Fabaceae families.

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Papilio glaucus has a wingspan measuring 7.9 to 14 cm [3.1 to 5.5 in]. The male is yellow with four black “tiger stripes” on each fore wing.

Females may be either yellow or black, making them dimorphic. The yellow morph is similar to the male, but with a conspicuous band of blue spots along the hindwind, while the dark morph is almost completely black.

Photo:  DawsonvilleGA. [20130824], Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, Callaway Gardens, GA [20130901], Brevard, NC, USA [20150829]

Source: Wikipedia

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