This photo is of an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly, captured by Donna A. Fiore in the town of Lopatcong, New Jersey. This Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly was photographed using a Nikon D200 at 200mm. I think this is one of my favorite butterflies to see.
The color of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) can vary. Males are colored yellow or yellow-orange with black tiger stripes. Their wings of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly are bordered in black with yellow spots and there are black “tiger stripes” running across the top of their wings. Their long black tails have blue patches on them. Female colors can range from the yellow of the male to an almost solid bluish-black. Their wing span is between 3 5/8 and 6 ½ inches.
The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly can be found in North America east of the Rocky Mountains from Ontario south to the Gulf coast and northern Mexico.
The larvae of the Eastern tiger swallowtail 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.
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterflies are loners. Males of these insects will fly from place to place looking for a mate.