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

By gconant  
Indigenous to North America.
They have wingspans of 3 - 5.5"
They fly swiftly and powerfully, in almost any terrain.
Northern Tigers breed twice during per season, while southern Tigers breed three times.
If they feel endangered during mating, the females will carry the males away to safety.
There are 4 distinct species of this butterfly.
They are the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, the Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail, the Black Swallowtail (female only), and the Spicebush Swallowtail.
Being members of the Brush Footed Butterfly family, they use their two front legs for tasting food, and their two pairs of rear legs for propulsion.
During mating, if they feel threatened, the female will carry the male away to safety.
They are the official state butterfly of the state of Alabama.

I used to have a lot of them in my back yard, and still see them occasionally.


Tags: Butterflies Lepidoptera Wildlife and nature Papilio glaucus Eastern Tiger swallowtails

Voters: VincentChristopher, EveLine1, akhtarkhan and 42 more

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7 May 2021 1:52AM
Beautiful colours.
A long time ago, the photos would be film prints, there was a swarm of them a little in from the shore of the Bay of Fundy where my parents had a cottage. I went off with the photos and a professor at the university told me they were Swallow tails. No more than that. Can you imagine how many years ago that was?

A fantastic capture as always, Glen. Your butterflies are never two the same even when they are of the same butterfly.
7 May 2021 3:36AM
As extraordinary photo and informative commontzry, Glenn.

dales Plus
5 13 Australia
7 May 2021 3:58AM
Superb capture of this stunning beauty Glenn , interesting lifecycle
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 19 Canada
7 May 2021 4:16AM
It is a lovely one.
7 May 2021 5:22AM
Another beauty, well captured, Glenn.

Beauriful. Great shot Glenn.
cymru2019 2 17 7 United Kingdom
7 May 2021 7:27AM
Superb shot. David
7 May 2021 7:53AM
A lovely capture of this colourful beauty, Glenn.SmileSmile
7 May 2021 8:20AM
A beauty Glenn,
johnsd Plus
15 4 2 Scotland
7 May 2021 8:38AM
Another lovely image Glenn.
KingArthur 15 8 Malta
7 May 2021 8:47AM
Splendid capture Glenn

Joe Smile
viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
7 May 2021 8:52AM
Beautiful light and details Glenn.

Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
7 May 2021 10:48AM
A beautiful specimen with open wings... Superb image Glenn...
Isabel GrinGrin
Nikonuser1 Plus
9 168 16 United Kingdom
7 May 2021 10:53AM
A great looking butterfly so well capturedSmileSmile

7 May 2021 1:47PM
Beautiful image
manicam 17 44 1 Canada
7 May 2021 2:41PM
Beautiful look to this butterfly, superb shot Glenn.

Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
7 May 2021 4:16PM
An impressive beauty Glenn.
Lovely Glenn
cooky Plus
17 6 4 United Kingdom
7 May 2021 5:55PM
Beautiful capture and right up Glenn.

7 May 2021 7:31PM
Simply superb, Glenn.

7 May 2021 11:14PM
A beauty Glenn...Lin

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