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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April 16, 2013 Doug Bruce Houston County, Tennessee, United States September 29, 2014 Details
April 11, 2010 Buzztail1 Camden County, Georgia, United States September 12, 2014 Details
July 31, 2014 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States August 30, 2014 Details
June 03, 2014 akdd3173 Lincoln County, North Carolina, United States August 28, 2014 Details
July 22, 2014 satchmo0802 Albemarle County, Virginia, United States August 16, 2014 Details
August 14, 2014 chickie1321 Virginia, Virginia Beach County, United States August 16, 2014 Details
August 13, 2014 salobyrne New Castle County, Delaware, United States August 16, 2014 Details
August 13, 2014 salobyrne New Castle County, Delaware, United States August 16, 2014 Details
July 27, 2014 GenevieveDutton Pasco County, Florida, United States August 10, 2014 Details
August 03, 2014 lorirym Brown County, Ohio, United States August 03, 2014 Details
July 06, 2014 emitter Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States August 02, 2014 Details
August 01, 2014 catharinejo Jackson County, Kansas, United States August 01, 2014 Details
July 16, 2014 jwilkinson Washington County, Maryland, United States July 20, 2014 Details
June 13, 2014 CBRUCE9289 Linn County, Kansas, United States July 16, 2014 Details
July 13, 2014 CA Ivy Crawford County, Arkansas, United States July 13, 2014 Details
July 06, 2013 dawnieg8657 Cecil County, Maryland, United States July 10, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 rogerashton Maryland, United States July 09, 2014 Details
June 30, 2013 Kestrel Adams County, Ohio, United States June 28, 2014 Details
June 22, 2014 Pat_C_in_MD Montgomery County, Maryland, United States June 25, 2014 Details
June 22, 2014 J_Bloom4417 Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States June 25, 2014 Details
June 05, 2014 Debbie Taylor Pope County, Arkansas, United States June 18, 2014 Details
June 06, 2014 Englishman Hernando County, Florida, United States June 10, 2014 Details
June 07, 2014 Nancee Cobb Washington County, Florida, United States June 10, 2014 Details
June 06, 2014 maurerguy Loudoun County, Virginia, United States June 09, 2014 Details
August 24, 2012 lauraLOVESbirds Chesapeake City County, Virginia, United States June 03, 2014 Details
April 13, 2014 fm5050 Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States May 15, 2014 Details
April 23, 2014 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States May 15, 2014 Details
May 11, 2014 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States May 12, 2014 Details
May 07, 2014 CA Ivy Johnson County, Arkansas, United States May 08, 2014 Details
April 26, 2014 Doug Bruce Claiborne County, Tennessee, United States April 27, 2014 Details
April 10, 2014 stephen stedman Pickett County, Tennessee, United States April 10, 2014 Details
April 10, 2014 von40827 Leslie County, Kentucky, United States April 10, 2014 Details
April 01, 2014 dagasch Wakulla County, Florida, United States April 03, 2014 Details
April 27, 2013 rosenthal.k Prince William County, Virginia, United States February 24, 2014 Details
April 27, 2013 rosenthal.k Prince William County, Virginia, United States February 24, 2014 Details
July 06, 2013 tjantscher Fremont County, Iowa, United States February 06, 2014 Details
June 08, 2010 BAMONA Northampton County, Virginia, United States February 04, 2014 Details
June 19, 2004 BAMONA Northampton County, Virginia, United States February 04, 2014 Details
July 25, 2013 Dick Ratliff Madison County, Tennessee, United States January 17, 2014 Details
June 13, 2011 Carol ONeil James City County, Virginia, United States October 08, 2013 Details
September 24, 2013 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States September 27, 2013 Details
August 10, 2013 Jonathan Williams Overton County, Tennessee, United States September 18, 2013 Details
August 04, 2013 Doug Bruce Macon County, Tennessee, United States September 10, 2013 Details
June 30, 2013 a-o Fauquier County, Virginia, United States September 09, 2013 Details
August 24, 2013 tammylea87 Virginia, Virginia Beach County, United States September 05, 2013 Details
July 29, 2013 helyn Georgia, United States August 30, 2013 Details
July 18, 2003 giardini57 Elbert County, Georgia, United States August 30, 2013 Details
August 17, 2013 digginflowers Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States August 22, 2013 Details
August 14, 2013 Astrolite York County, Pennsylvania, United States August 18, 2013 Details
August 11, 2013 K Stilwell Tazewell County, Virginia, United States August 14, 2013 Details