Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Georgia State Butterfly

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Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly

Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly; photo by Corey Seeman on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Georgia designated the tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) as the official state butterfly in 1988.

The lovely eastern tiger swallowtail is one of the most common and widely distributed swallowtail butterflies, found throughout eastern USA and Canada. The male tiger swallowtail is always the familiar bright yellow with black striped markings. However, some females are dramatically camouflaged - they are dark brown to black, mimicking the poisonous pipevine swallowtail butterfly (which predators know to avoid because it tastes foul and can make them extremely ill).

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Images

Female eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus); photo by jjjj56cp on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Female eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly

Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly photo by Luther C. Goldman / U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly

Videos

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly- male