Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (female, dark morph)

An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus) spotted during a photowalk through the “Wildlife Sanctuary,” one of seven small parks in the community of Hollin Hills, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

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This individual is a dark morph female. “Females are dimorphic. The yellow morph differs from the male in having a blue postmedian area on the dorsal hind wing. In the dark morph, the areas that are normally yellow are replaced with dark gray or black.” Source Credit: Wikipedia

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