Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
(aka Tiger Swallowtail)
This unique species of swallowtail is a quick and strong flier, gliding when able. The males are a bright yellow, while the females can exhibit two different color forms; yellow and black and black and blue. The darker form is more common in the southern states. The caterpillar is just as remarkable, it resembles a small snake with eyespots. This butterfly particularly enjoys pink, purple, and red flowers, and is a wonderful visitor to any garden.
See more photos below to help you identify the stages of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail life cycle.