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Butterfly (Eastern Tiger Swallowtail)

Papilio glaucus
Butterfly (Eastern Tiger Swallowtail)

Range

They are found in eastern North America from Canada south to the Gulf of Mexico, west to the Colorado prairie and central Texas.

Habitat

They live in forests, fields, gardens and parks.

Body Traits

They have yellow wings with black stripes and a thick, black border. The back wings have a tail on each side, a band of blue patches and one red spot on the inside each wing. The wingspan is up to 4.75" wide.

Habits

Many survive the winter in their chrysalis.

Diet

The caterpillars eat wild cherry leaves.

Reproduction

Females lay one egg on a wild cherry leaf that hatching young will eat.

Butterfly (Eastern Tiger Swallowtail)

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Suborder: Macrolepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Genus: Papilio
Species: P. glaucus

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