Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly


During a photowalk through the Children’s Garden at Hollin Meadows Science and Math Focus School I spotted an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus) feeding on Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), a species of milkweed. This individual is a male, as indicated by the absence of blue and orange markings on the lower edge of its hindwings.

Tiger Swallowtail is the State Insect of Virginia. Who knew? I didn’t, that is, until I discovered a list of U.S. state insects.

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