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!