Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)


 
Living image of a Tiger Swallowtail on a plant Family: Papilionidae (swallowtails).
 
Geographic Distribution: North America.
 
Wingspan: 90-165 mm (3.5-6.5 in).
 
Larval host plants: Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera); wild cherry (Prunus spp.) and cottonwoods (Populus spp.).
 
Habits: Temperate forests and lowlands.
 
Identification: Yellow and black "tiger-like" stripes. The one pictured here is a female. Some females exhibit a dark form in which the yellow areas appear as black. Such females are more frequently found in the southern part of the species range. The dark female is thought to mimic the toxic Pipevine Swallowtail.
 


Thumbnail of a Tiger Swallowtail specimen, dorsal view
Tiger Swallowtail,
Dorsal View
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Thumbnail of a Tiger Swallowtail specimen, ventral view
Tiger Swallowtail,
Ventral View
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