Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (female)

An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus) was spotted during a photowalk at Huntley Meadows Park on 11 April 2016. This individual is a female, as indicated by the blue and orange markings on the lower edge of her hindwings, shown prominently in the following photograph of the butterfly’s ventral side.

An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female, sheltering from strong wind.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail females are polymorphic: a yellow morph, like this one; and a dark morph. This beauty was perching near the ground, where she seemed to be sheltering from strong wind.

An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female, sheltering from strong wind.

Copyright © 2016 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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4 Responses to “Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (female)”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Beautiful shot of a vibrant, perfect-looking specimen. Later in the season, these butterflies sometimes look really faded and tattered, but are still flying.

  2. Victor Rakmil Says:

    Recent visitors to our woods, a climate change migrant. Lovely shots.

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