WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY – LOPATCONG, NJ
This photograph is of an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly captured with a Nikon D200 in Lopatcong, New Jersey. The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly is a native to North America. The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly, is one of the most recognizable of butterflies. It is usually identified by its large size, and bright yellow color, with black tiger stripes.
The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) is a species of swallowtail butterfly native to North America. It is one of the most familiar butterflies in the eastern United States, where it is common in many different habitats. It flies from spring to fall, during which it produces two to three broods. Adults feed on the nectar of many species of flowers, mostly from those of the Apocynaceae, Asteraceae, and Fabaceae families. The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly has a wingspan measuring 7.9 to 14 centimeters (3 to 5.5 in). The male of these insects are yellow with four black “tiger stripes” on each fore wing. Females may be either yellow or black, making them dimorphic. The yellow morph is similar to the male, while the dark morph is almost completely black.
Eastern tiger swallowtail larvae eat the leaves of a variety of woody plants including wild cherry, tulip, birch, ash, cottonwood and willow. Adults eat the nectar of flowers from a variety of plants.