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An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) (best viewed large)

By gconant  
Indigenous to North America.
Eastern Tiger Swallowtails are found in all states east of the Continental Divide and in part of Canada.
It and the Giant Swallowtail are the two largest butterflies in the United States.
The size is about three and a half to four and a half inches.
The wingspan is about two and a half to four and a half inches (6.2 to 11.4 cm.) (Females are slightly larger.)
They live in deciduous woods all along the streams, rivers, swamps, edges of forest, river valleys, parks and suburbs.
They butterflies are powerful and fast fliers.
They breed twice, especially those from the north, while butterflies from the southern area breed three times.
Males watch out for females who are receptive.
They patrol at tree top points and swoop at lower levels to stop in front of females and offer to mate.
During courtship the male and female flap around each other before landing and mating.
If they feel they are in danger during mating, the female will carry the male away.
(Taken in my back yard.)


Tags: Butterflies Eastern tiger swallowtail Wildlife and nature Papilio glaucus Lepidoptery

Voters: Badgerfred, Imageryonly, pamelajean and 38 more

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17 Jan 2021 11:04PM
Another beauty Glenn,
17 Jan 2021 11:07PM
When there's danger, it's a good thing SHE has the presence of mind to get the two of them out of there.

No comment on the flapping around.

I came across of whole herd of these once many years ago; in a little, deserted cove where we used to have a cabin when I was a child. We'd gone back years later to pick dulse (an edible seaweed) off the rocks.

Very nice capture. Thanks for the memory! Dora
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
17 Jan 2021 11:15PM
Always an impressive sight to see these huge and beautiful butterflies !
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 19 Canada
18 Jan 2021 12:10AM
So beautiful and colourful Glenn.
Alfie_P Plus
14 927 2 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2021 1:39AM
Wonderful image Glenn

18 Jan 2021 3:29AM
Powerful females.....carrying off the guy. I know some people like that.

Beautiful photo, Glenn...with one tail mission.

18 Jan 2021 8:18AM
Beautiful photograph, Glenn.SmileSmile
dales Plus
5 13 Australia
18 Jan 2021 8:57AM
A stunning butterfly Glenn , superbly captured
18 Jan 2021 9:19AM
Beautiful image.
viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2021 9:33AM
A beautiful butterfly and a very impressive image.

Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2021 12:09PM
An outstanding beauty Glenn.
18 Jan 2021 12:32PM
Incredibly beautiful Glenn. What a great passion to have.
manicam 17 44 1 Canada
18 Jan 2021 1:07PM
GrinGrin awwww so cute Glenn

cymru2019 2 17 7 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2021 2:22PM
Wonderful image and information. David
18 Jan 2021 2:46PM
Beautiful image
18 Jan 2021 4:04PM
Superb close up work, Glenn!

Fefe Plus
9 57 37 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2021 5:15PM
Lovely shot Glenn!
18 Jan 2021 5:54PM
Great detailed image, Glenn
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2021 10:01PM
Another spectacular butterfly Glenn and a great informative write up...
Isabel GrinGrin
21 Jan 2021 3:16AM
Stellar image Glenn, one of my favourites of yours ...
Love how the blue on the tail really pops in the photo,
Cheers Walt

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