Eastern Tiger Swallowtail


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio glaucus)

Delightfully, I’ve been seeing lots of Tiger Swallowtails lately! Here in New England, Tiger Swallowtails are one of our largest and most beautiful butterflies. There are abundant sources of food for both larva and adults, so this species is thriving throughout its range from the East Coast to the Rockies. Click the above link to learn more, see what the the larva look like and host plants used throughout their life cycle. This one is sipping from a wild honeysuckle bush (Lonicera tatarica), which is considered an invasive species, but many insects and birds have adapted to what they offer.

Below are a pair sipping the blossoms of my sister’s Korean Lilac (Syringa meyeri). Adult wingspan measures 2.5 to 4.5 inches. They are amazing gifts of Nature!


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18 Responses to Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

  1. mk says:

    Wow, that’s a big and beautiful butterfly! I can only imagine a woods full them – like a Disney movie.

  2. dorannrule says:

    Beauty like this is what makes us appreciate nature even more. What a fabulous butterfly Eliza and your photo surely catches all its radiance.

  3. Jewels says:

    I love Swallowtails…

  4. ladyfi says:

    What a gorgeous shot.

  5. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of those here in Maine. Or I’ve just never taken notice of them.

    Nice capture, Eliza. 🙂

  6. Maria F. says:

    It has got to be one of the most beautiful butterflies!

  7. I look at these pictures and all I see is true perfection.

  8. That is indeed a beautiful butterfly. Fascinating isn’t it that nature creates those patterns to frighten away potential adversaries!


  9. Sharon K. says:

    What a lovely image, Eliza. We get lots of swallowtails and I just love them. Nothing is more peaceful than seeing one float through the garden………..

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