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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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
June 15, 2015 Bill Emch Chester County, South Carolina, United States June 28, 2015 Details
June 09, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States June 27, 2015 Details
June 05, 2015 OhioHick Washington County, Maryland, United States June 27, 2015 Details
April 27, 2015 gizzybird Charlton County, Georgia, United States June 22, 2015 Details
May 27, 2015 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States June 22, 2015 Details
May 17, 2015 quick3beers Adams County, Ohio, United States June 15, 2015 Details
March 29, 2015 jeffkillingsworth Henry County, Alabama, United States June 01, 2015 Details
May 25, 2015 Carol Thornton-Anderson Orange County, Indiana, United States May 25, 2015 Details
May 23, 2015 Jonny K Brown County, Indiana, United States May 24, 2015 Details
May 15, 2015 jwilkinson Montgomery County, Maryland, United States May 19, 2015 Details
April 10, 2015 cyric Martin County, Florida, United States May 18, 2015 Details
May 14, 2015 digginflowers Jefferson County, West Virginia, United States May 15, 2015 Details
July 31, 2009 Gordilly Richardson County, Nebraska, United States May 14, 2015 Details
May 02, 2015 Nancee Cobb Washington County, Florida, United States May 06, 2015 Details
May 02, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States May 06, 2015 Details
May 04, 2015 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States May 05, 2015 Details
April 18, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States April 22, 2015 Details
April 18, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States April 18, 2015 Details
April 04, 2015 hiker96 Platte County, Missouri, United States April 07, 2015 Details
April 01, 2015 stephen stedman Pickett County, Tennessee, United States April 01, 2015 Details
July 07, 1979 Indy Entomologist Cass County, Indiana, United States February 20, 2015 Details
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