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Swallowtails

Butterflies are not insects.… They are self-propelled flowers. Robert A. Heinlein (1907–1988)

  1. Female Black Swallowtail

    Papilio polyxenes
    You can tell that this is a female by noting the additional blue in its hindwings near her tails.

  2. Male Black Swallowtail

    Papilio polyxenes
    The male Black Swallowtail has much less blue on its hindwings near its tails.

  3. Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

    Papilio glaucus
    Viewed from the underside, you can still see the tiger stripes. Most females of Tiger Swallowtails are yellow like the males, but a few are black. Males are never black. Note that this individual has lost one of her tails, probably to a predator.

  4. Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

    Papilio glaucus
    Female tiger swallowtails can be either a yellow or dark morph. Males are always yellow.

  5. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

    Papilio glaucus
    This is the predominant yellow morph of the Tiger Swallowtail.

  6. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Scarlet Milkweed

    Papilio glaucus

  7. Giant Swallowtail

    Papilio cresphontes
    This swallowtail was nectaring on red pentas, a favorite exotic plant for many of the large butterflies in a yard.

  8. Palamedes Swallowtail

    Papilio palamedes

  9. Palamedes Swallowtail

    Papilio palamedes

  10. Pipevine Swallowtail

    Battus philenor
    This Pipevine Swallowtail is nectaring on Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia.)

  11. Pipevine Swallowtail

    Battus philenor
    This adult has recently emerged and is still unable to fly.

  12. Polydamas Swallowtail

    Battus polydamas

  13. Female Spicebush Swallowtail

    Papilio troilus
    This female Spicebush Swallowtail is nectaring on Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum sp..

  14. Male Spicebush Swallowtail

    Papilio troilus
    Male Spicebush Swallowtails have a much more prominent color cast on the hind wings than females.

  15. Spicebush Swallowtail

    Papilio troilus

  16. Spicebush Swallowtail

    Papilio troilus
    Spicebush Swallowtail nectaring on Florida Flame Azalea

  17. Zebra Swallowtail

    Eurytides marcellus
    This beautiful Zebra swallowtail is basking in the sun after its emergence.

  18. Zebra Swallowtail

    Eurytides marcellus