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

By gconant  
These guys 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.
This butterfly 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.) (The females are slightly larger.)
They are very powerful, fast fliers.
They breed twice, especially those from the northern part while butterflies from southern areas 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 then the female carries the male away to safety.

Photographed near a flowerbed on my property.

Glenn

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

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Comments


19 Jan 2021 11:55PM
Particularly like the composition in this one. Beautiful colours.
19 Jan 2021 11:59PM
A beauty Glenn,
Fred.
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 19 Canada
20 Jan 2021 12:08AM
Looking lovely on the purple flower Glenn.
Alfie_P Plus
14 927 2 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2021 12:56AM
Another beautiful image Glenn with such vibrant colours🏆

Alfie😊
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
20 Jan 2021 1:15AM
The lovely swallowtail--excellent capture!
20 Jan 2021 2:16AM
Another great butterfly photo, Glenn.....and such a meaningful write up.

Peter
dales Plus
5 13 Australia
20 Jan 2021 2:24AM
Such a beautiful image both plant & butterfly Glenn !!
Ian
KingArthur 15 8 Malta
20 Jan 2021 8:02AM
Lovely capture Glenn, nice colours, very interesting narrative too

Joe Smile
20 Jan 2021 9:07AM
Great image.
20 Jan 2021 9:39AM
What a beauty and the detail when you close in is fascinating.
Mike
20 Jan 2021 10:10AM
Beautiful butterfly and very well photographed, Glenn.SmileSmile
viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2021 10:10AM
Beautiful detail and colours Glenn.

Phil.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2021 12:06PM
Enchanting butterfly, a good informative write up as well...
Excellent work Glenn, Isabel GrinGrin
manicam 17 44 1 Canada
20 Jan 2021 1:33PM
Wow! Fantastic! Glenn.

ShermanGrinGrin
20 Jan 2021 2:40PM
Beautiful capture
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2021 3:01PM
An impressive beauty Glenn.
Peter
Fefe Plus
9 57 37 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2021 5:24PM
So lovely GrinGrin
20 Jan 2021 9:13PM
Beautiful capture Glenn..Lin

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