Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Papilio glaucus on Butterfly Bush

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Papilio glaucus on Butterfly Bush Stock Photo
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Contributor:

Phil Degginger / Alamy Stock Photo

Image ID:

AMCGXA

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48.5 MB (2.3 MB Compressed download)

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Dimensions:

5042 x 3361 px | 42.7 x 28.5 cm | 16.8 x 11.2 inches | 300dpi

Date taken:

2007

More information:

The Eastern tiger swallowtail, Papilio glaucus, is a large (12 cm wingspan) swallowtail butterfly. It is found in the Eastern United States, as far north as southern Vermont, and as far West as extreme Eastern Colorado. It flies from spring through fall, and most of the year in the southern portions of its range, where it may produce two or three broods a year. In the Appalachian region, it is replaced by the closely-related and only recently described larger-sized Papilio appalachiensis, and in the north, it is replaced by the closely-related Papilio canadensis. These three species can be very difficult to distinguish, and were formerly all considered to be a single species.