Attributes of Eurytides marcellus

Zebra Swallowtail
Eurytides marcellus (Cramer, 1777)

Family: Papilionidae
Subfamily: Papilioninae
Identification: Upper surface of wings with black stripes on pale whitish-green background; hindwings have very long tails. Early-spring form is smaller and lighter colored.
Wing Span: 2 1/2 - 4 inches (6.4 - 10.4 cm).
Life History: Adult males fly in the understory near host plants to find females. Females lay single green eggs on lower leaves of host plant. Caterpillars live and feed on the underside of these leaves, then pupate and hibernate there.
Flight: Two flights, April-August, in the northern part of its range; many flights, March-December, in the south.
Caterpillar Hosts: Shrubs of the genus Asimina (pawpaw) in the Annonaceae family. Young plants are preferred.
Adult Food: Moisture from sand and nectar from flowers including blueberry, blackberry, lilac, redbud, viper\'s bugloss, verbena, dogbane, and common milkweed.
Habitat: Breeds in moist low woodlands near swamps and rivers. Adults fly to nectar plants in open fields and brushy areas.
Range: Rare in northern part of range.
Conservation: Not usually of concern.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: Maintain host trees in various stages of succession.
Taxonomy Notes:

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July 17, 2016 stephen stedman Macon County, Tennessee, United States July 17, 2016 Details
July 04, 2016 stephen stedman Lincoln County, Tennessee, United States July 11, 2016 Details
July 08, 2016 Karen Adams Franklin County, Ohio, United States July 10, 2016 Details
July 08, 2016 Jeff Trahan United States July 09, 2016 Details
June 25, 2016 CA Ivy (Jon C. Ivy) Logan County, Arkansas, United States June 29, 2016 Details
June 25, 2016 Judy Ross Hamilton County, Ohio, United States June 26, 2016 Details
June 22, 2016 Julesanne Monongalia County, West Virginia, United States June 22, 2016 Details
June 08, 2016 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States June 19, 2016 Details
June 04, 2016 smgraewin Franklin County, Virginia, United States June 12, 2016 Details
May 27, 2016 Sue Orlowski Botetourt County, Virginia, United States June 12, 2016 Details
June 08, 2016 Nancee Cobb Washington County, Florida, United States June 09, 2016 Details
May 05, 2016 ncrosbyrd Franklin County, Florida, United States May 18, 2016 Details
May 16, 2016 scfl47 Indian River County, Florida, United States May 18, 2016 Details
May 03, 2016 hiker96 Platte County, Missouri, United States May 05, 2016 Details
April 24, 2016 StaceyWhetstone Knox County, Tennessee, United States May 05, 2016 Details
April 26, 2016 Doug Bruce Roane County, Tennessee, United States April 28, 2016 Details
April 14, 2016 Lisa Anne Thompson Taylor Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States April 27, 2016 Details
April 23, 2016 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States April 23, 2016 Details
April 15, 2016 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States April 17, 2016 Details
April 15, 2016 cosmic_cat Harrison County, Texas, United States April 17, 2016 Details
March 23, 2016 ncrosbyrd Glynn County, Georgia, United States March 29, 2016 Details
March 12, 2016 ncrosbyrd Leon County, Florida, United States March 25, 2016 Details
March 18, 2016 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States March 18, 2016 Details
March 18, 2016 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States March 18, 2016 Details
July 26, 2007 Sue Allie Sumter County, Florida, United States January 06, 2016 Details
March 30, 2015 wayne13114 Marion County, Florida, United States September 30, 2015 Details
September 04, 2015 stomlins701 Elmore County, Alabama, United States September 06, 2015 Details
August 15, 2015 Jeff Trahan Howard County, Arkansas, United States September 02, 2015 Details
August 14, 2015 PopularOutcast Alachua County, Florida, United States August 18, 2015 Details
August 12, 2015 HHowell Grainger County, Tennessee, United States August 14, 2015 Details
August 13, 2015 JClark720 Darke County, Ohio, United States August 13, 2015 Details
July 21, 2015 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States August 07, 2015 Details
August 01, 2015 bsperry Jefferson County, West Virginia, United States August 01, 2015 Details
June 20, 2015 Roger Weaver Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States July 26, 2015 Details
July 24, 2015 csandt Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States July 26, 2015 Details
July 26, 2015 Ron Smith Pinellas County, Florida, United States July 26, 2015 Details
July 23, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States July 24, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 jrossbell@gmail.com Morgan County, Kentucky, United States July 23, 2015 Details
July 21, 2015 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States July 22, 2015 Details
July 04, 2015 Sandra Pertica Virginia, United States, Warren County July 17, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 emitter Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States July 17, 2015 Details
July 09, 2015 dwkrape New Castle County, Delaware, United States July 17, 2015 Details
March 28, 2010 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States July 16, 2015 Details
May 22, 2015 ncrosbyrd Georgia, United States July 16, 2015 Details
July 14, 2015 stomlins701 Elmore County, Alabama, United States July 14, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 stephen stedman Smith County, Tennessee, United States July 11, 2015 Details
June 23, 2015 Veggie Steve Warren County, Ohio, United States July 09, 2015 Details
July 05, 2015 JClark720 Darke County, Ohio, United States July 05, 2015 Details
June 27, 2015 CA Ivy (J. C. Ivy) Logan County, Arkansas, United States June 29, 2015 Details
June 27, 2015 Jeff Trahan Caldwell Parish, Louisiana, United States June 28, 2015 Details