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 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
July 29, 2013 von40827 Leslie County, Kentucky, United States August 13, 2013 Details
August 01, 2013 Pharmer234 Pennsylvania, United States August 12, 2013 Details
August 10, 2013 kurtwood2 York County, Pennsylvania, United States August 12, 2013 Details
August 10, 2013 UPRREngr Anderson County, Texas, United States August 11, 2013 Details
July 30, 2013 joeerino Cecil County, Maryland, United States August 10, 2013 Details
August 05, 2013 HighPlainsDrifter Clay County, Missouri, United States August 06, 2013 Details
July 28, 2013 Doug Bruce Grainger County, Tennessee, United States July 31, 2013 Details
July 27, 2013 treichard Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States July 29, 2013 Details
July 27, 2013 treichard Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States July 29, 2013 Details
July 26, 2013 Sinda Rella King George County, Virginia, United States July 28, 2013 Details
July 04, 2013 JCrazed Parke County, Indiana, United States July 27, 2013 Details
July 13, 2013 emitter Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States July 26, 2013 Details
July 11, 2013 CA Ivy Washington County, Arkansas, United States July 16, 2013 Details
June 09, 2013 eal79 Fairfax County, Virginia, United States July 15, 2013 Details
July 05, 2013 Doug Bruce Lauderdale County, Tennessee, United States July 13, 2013 Details
July 12, 2013 von40827 Leslie County, Kentucky, United States July 13, 2013 Details
July 06, 2013 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States July 07, 2013 Details
July 03, 2013 becca3340 St Marys County, Maryland, United States July 05, 2013 Details
July 04, 2013 doeffinger Baltimore County, Maryland, United States July 05, 2013 Details
June 30, 2013 dshrider Licking County, Ohio, United States July 04, 2013 Details
June 28, 2013 David Sarver Jefferson County, West Virginia, United States July 03, 2013 Details
July 02, 2013 Karen Adams Franklin County, Ohio, United States July 03, 2013 Details
June 27, 2013 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States June 29, 2013 Details
June 10, 2013 Buckeye Bruce Franklin County, Ohio, United States June 27, 2013 Details
June 22, 2013 birder89 Lawrence County, Ohio, United States June 23, 2013 Details
June 17, 2013 jwilkinson Howard County, Maryland, United States June 22, 2013 Details
June 15, 2013 stonejesse Montgomery County, Maryland, United States June 22, 2013 Details
October 30, 2011 jwunder3 Orange County, Florida, United States June 20, 2013 Details
June 13, 2013 CA Ivy Logan County, Arkansas, United States June 13, 2013 Details
May 10, 2013 kahsandrah Virginia, United States, Washington County June 06, 2013 Details