Attributes of Papilio glaucus

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Papilio glaucus Linnaeus, 1758

Family: Papilionidae
Subfamily: Papilioninae
Identification: Male is yellow with dark tiger stripes. Female has 2 forms: one yellow like the male and the other black with shadows of dark stripes. Hindwing of both female forms has a row of striking blue chevrons and an iridescent blue wash over parts of the interior hindwing. The upperside hindwing has a prominent orange marginal spot that is generally larger than the row of pale marginal spots. On the underside of forewing of spring individuals the row of marginal spots may be merged into a continuous band, thus appearing similar to the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail.
Wing Span: 2 1/2 - 4 1/2 inches (6.2 - 11.4 cm).
Life History: Two broods in the north, three in the south. Males patrol for receptive females. Females lay eggs singly on host leaves. Caterpillars eat leaves and rest on silken mats on the upper surface of leaves. Chrysalids overwinter.
Flight: 3 flights from February-November in Deep South; 2 flights from May-September in north.
Caterpillar Hosts: Leaves of various plants including wild cherry (Prunus), sweetbay (Magnolia), basswood (Tilia), tulip tree (Liriodendron), birch (Betula), ash (Fraxinus), cottonwood (Populus), mountain ash (Sorbus), and willow (Salix).
Adult Food: Nectar of flowers from a variety of plants including wild cherry and lilac (Syringa vulgaris). Milkweed (Asclepias) and Joe-Pye Weed [Eupatorium] are favorites in summer.
Habitat: Deciduous broadleaf woods, forest edges, river valleys, parks, and suburbs.
Range: Eastern North America from Ontario south to Gulf coast, west to Colorado plains and central Texas.
Conservation: Not required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None noted.
Taxonomy Notes:

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July 02, 2015 Carol Thornton-Anderson Orange County, Indiana, United States July 04, 2015 Details
July 03, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States July 04, 2015 Details
May 06, 2015 Mossyhorn York County, Pennsylvania, United States June 30, 2015 Details
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May 30, 2015 Ken Cheeks Aiken County, South Carolina, United States June 28, 2015 Details
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June 12, 2015 Bill Emch Chester County, South Carolina, United States June 28, 2015 Details
June 23, 2015 tmlehman Steuben County, Indiana, United States June 27, 2015 Details
May 28, 2015 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States June 23, 2015 Details
April 22, 2015 Teresa Jacobs Clinch County, Georgia, United States June 22, 2015 Details
June 21, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States June 21, 2015 Details
June 20, 2015 adjawi Rutherford County, Tennessee, United States June 20, 2015 Details
June 16, 2015 gdabowman Oakland County, Michigan, United States June 19, 2015 Details
June 17, 2015 whhowe Ontario County, New York, United States June 18, 2015 Details
June 09, 2015 Kimberly Mrozinski Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States June 15, 2015 Details
July 23, 2012 SaraJE Ontario, Canada June 15, 2015 Details
June 15, 2015 Jeff Trahan Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States June 15, 2015 Details
May 26, 2015 Paul Tavares Ontario, Canada June 12, 2015 Details
May 14, 2015 Mimiverbena Ontario, Canada June 12, 2015 Details
June 11, 2015 miamaslegi Columbia County, Arkansas, United States June 12, 2015 Details
June 09, 2015 Calcat Blair County, Pennsylvania, United States June 10, 2015 Details
June 06, 2015 Katherine Halley Dane County, Wisconsin, United States June 10, 2015 Details
August 13, 2014 sh11 Ontario, Canada June 09, 2015 Details
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April 10, 2015 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States June 07, 2015 Details
April 21, 2015 polson123 Columbus County, North Carolina, United States June 07, 2015 Details
June 03, 2015 Deakbauman Olmsted County, Minnesota, United States June 05, 2015 Details
May 24, 2015 sh11 Ontario, Canada June 05, 2015 Details
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June 02, 2015 jvkopple2 Kalkaska County, Michigan, United States June 03, 2015 Details
May 29, 2015 JohnRoosenberg Schoharie County, New York, United States June 01, 2015 Details
May 30, 2015 Jarchibold Saratoga County, New York, United States May 31, 2015 Details
May 19, 2015 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States May 29, 2015 Details
May 15, 2015 jrdpa Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States May 28, 2015 Details
May 13, 2015 dpgbfly1 McLeod County, Minnesota, United States May 17, 2015 Details
July 09, 2014 makingmemary Gage County, Nebraska, United States May 14, 2015 Details
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April 26, 2015 arcturusangel Harrison County, Texas, United States April 28, 2015 Details
March 18, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States April 22, 2015 Details
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April 04, 2015 arcturusangel Texas, United States, Wood County April 19, 2015 Details
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April 11, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States April 13, 2015 Details
August 21, 2014 wdpeltier Benzie County, Michigan, United States April 12, 2015 Details